Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Leadership

FEMA Awards $2 Million in Special Firefighter Assistance Grants

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded three major grants totaling $2 million under the Assistance to Firefighters Program for fire and burn prevention programs. Under the program, grants are made to major fire and life safety organizations to promote a variety of public fire protection and prevention initiatives. These grants will be used to address fire- and injury-related programs with a special emphasis on children.

The latest recipients of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants are the following:

* International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation — $750,000 for burn prevention, treatment, and general fire prevention programs.

* National Fire Protection Association — $500,000 for the “Risk Watch” fire prevention program for school-age children.

* National Safe Kids Council — $750,000 for targeted fire prevention programs for children nationally and in 10 major metropolitan areas of the United States.

The grants were awarded under the non-competitive portion of the Assistance to Firefighters Program, authorized last year by Congress. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is processing the grant applications. A list grant recipients is posted on the USFA web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.