FEMA and USFA Announce First Round of Special Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are pleased to announce the first round of the 2002 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants. This first round of grants are awarded to 35 fire departments and organizations throughout the United States. The monetary investment announced in this round exceeds $2 million dollars.

“So often, communities and the media only recognized the men and women of the fire service when they respond to fires and other emergencies.” USFA Administrator R. David Paulison said. “One of the greatest accomplishments of America’s fire service goes mostly unnoticed by the citizens of this nation. That accomplishment is those fires that are prevented. A fire that never starts can never harm or take lives of Americans, or firefighters.”

The funds are a part of the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This special non-competitive portion of the AFG program was open to more than just fire departments. There were 480 applications submitted to the 2002 grant program. Unlike the AFG competitive grant process, other organizations were encouraged to apply, especially National, State, local, or community organizations that were recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention or safety programs and activities. In the 2002 Fire Prevention and Safety grant program, priority was given to 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.

A list of all current 2002 Fire Prevention and Safety grant award recipients announced to date is posted HERE. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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