DHS Announces Assistance To Firefighters Grants And The Fire Prevention And Safety Grants To Aid America’s Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. – Secretary Michael Chertoff has announced 22 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the fortieth 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.

In addition, the Department announced 78 grants to fire departments as well as national, state and local organizations in the fourth round of the Fire Prevention and Safety grants, also part of the Fiscal Year 2004 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program (AFG). The Fire Prevention and Safety Program prioritizes projects focusing on the prevention of fire-related injuries to children. Many of these awards represent innovative solutions for the delivery of fire prevention activities throughout the United States.

“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 Matt A. Mayer, Acting Executive Director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP).

The fortieth round of grants provides $2,829,710 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. In addition, the fourth round of Fire Prevention and Safety grants provides $5,703,056 to help address fire prevention and safety issues with a focus toward the high-risk target groups of children, seniors, and firefighters.

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.

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