Washington, D.C. – Secretary Michael Chertoff has announced 230 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the thirty-eighth 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 today announced 28 grants to fire departments as well as national, state and local organizations in the third 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.
The thirty-eighth round of grants provides $28,954,054 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 third round of Fire Prevention and Safety grants provides $2,991,419 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.