Assistance to Firefighters 14th Round Grant Awards Announced

Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 253 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. this week in the fourteenth round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. To date, over 3,600 fire departments have received more than $243 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“Last week I had the opportunity to visit with first responders in Montana and New York and see the tremendous impact they have on their communities whether they’re fighting wildfires or educating residents about fire safety,” said Under Secretary Brown. “For this reason, President Bush is committed to distributing critical homeland security resources through FEMA directly to our first responders and the communities they serve.”

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds are used by the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, fire fighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs, and fire prevention and safety programs.

Fire departments having questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can reach the FEMA Grant Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at usfagrants@fema.gov. For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other USFA projects, visit www.usfa.fema.gov or enroll in the USFA email distribution list serve for the most current news releases from the USFA.

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