Assistance To Firefighters Grant Awards Announced To Aid America’s Firefighters

Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 247 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. in this week’s eighth round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. In just the last seven weeks, over 1,700 fire departments have received more than $108 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division 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. A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted on the USFA Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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