FEMA Awards $9 Million in Final Round of Grants

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2001—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Tuesday that 128 fire departments have been awarded more than $9 million in grants in the final round of awards under the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

More than 1,850 fire departments received awards under this first federal program of assistance to local fire departments. The grants are to be used for personal protective equipment, firefighting equipment, vehicles, training and wellness and fitness programs.

“Any doubts about supporting the training and outfitting of our local firefighters were erased Sept. 11 when the men and women of local fire departments responded so ably and bravely to the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon,” said FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh. “The loss of more than 340 firefighters and emergency personnel at the World Trade Center has hardened my resolve to see that local firefighters have the equipment and training they need.

“President George W. Bush saw for himself the resilience in the eyes of the firefighters and Urban Search and Rescue Task Force members who went to work so diligently in the aftermath of these attacks,” Allbaugh said. “I know he strongly supports the continuation of these important grants.”

The list of all grant recipients will be posted on the U.S. Fire Administration web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants.

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