EMMITSBURG, Md. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received more than 19,000 applications from fire departments for grants available under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh found the response �gratifying� and said that it �demonstrates the many needs of our nation�s fire service.�
A series of panels will review the applications during May and June and will make recommendations for grant awards to FEMA. All fire departments will be notified of the final action taken on their grant applications by September 30, 2001.
Grant awards will be distributed as outlined in the legislation, explains Ken Burris, Acting USFA Administrator: Rural, suburban, and urban departments will be considered, and distribution of funds will be weighted to include career, volunteer, and combination departments.
The target allocations for each category in which grants will be funded this year are as follows: Training: $6.5 million, Wellness and Fitness Programs: $6.5 million, Vehicles: $15 million, Firefighting Equipment: $15 million, Personal Protective Equipment: $35 million, and Fire Prevention Programs: $12 million.
Additional information on the grant program is available from the USFA Web site at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants through the Grant Office�s toll-free information line (866) 274-0920, or by e-mailing