450 Fire Departments to Receive Almost $27 Million in Grant Awards

Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 450 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. in the seventh round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. This week’s announcement represents almost $27 million for these fire departments. This seventh round is the largest announcement to date in 2003 in support of America’s firefighters as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve.

“I’m pleased to announce 450 fire departments will receive their much needed funding this week,” said Under Secretary Brown. “President Bush and Congress recognize the impact these grants make in our first responders’ ability to continue saving lives and property. We’re pleased to make such significant support of this nation’s commitment to a safe homeland.”

Fire departments having questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can reach the FEMA Grant Program staff at 866-274-0960, or via email at usfagrants@fema.gov. A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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