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

Washington, D.C. – Acting Secretary James Loy announced 354 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the thirty-fifth 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.

The thirty-fifth round of grants provides $38,739,203 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.

Department of Homeland Security Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grants to Aid America’s Fire Departments


“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.

Fairfax, VA – On June 10, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released a funding bill that will have a significant impact on America’s fire service: the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. This bill proposes a budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the coming fiscal year, including grant funding for first responders for homeland security preparedness and response. The bill also seeks to provide direction to DHS in implementing many programs that directly involve first responders.