Department Of Homeland Security Announces Assistance To Firefighters Grants To Aid America’s Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. – Secretary Tom Ridge has announced 98 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the third round of the Fiscal Year 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grants will ultimately total approximately 8,000 awards worth nearly $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters throughout the country, demonstrating Homeland Security’s commitment to ensuring that America’s firefighters have the resources they need to protect their communities.

“President Bush and I strongly support the critical mission of our nation’s firefighters. Through these funds, we will ensure that our nation’s emergency responders have the equipment and training they need to respond to all hazards,” said Secretary Ridge.

“We recognize the importance of the Fire Act Grants to our nation’s fire departments and we will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs,” added C. Suzanne Mencer, Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP).

This third round of grants provides nearly $5.5 million to help local fire departments purchase firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire education and prevention programs.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department’s Office for Domestic Preparedness in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration.

“The Assistance to Firefighters grants represent a major effort by the federal government to ensure the nation’s firefighters continue to have the basic capability they require to do their jobs, improve safety and save lives,” said David Paulison, Administrator of the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Fire Administration.

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