Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have announced today the first 72 Assistance to Firefighters Grant awards. The USFA is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
These awards will be used to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, EMS programs, and Fire Prevention and Safety Programs. FEMA and the USFA will be announcing a total of 5500 grants over the next five (5) months. The total of all awards will represent a $360 million investment to enhance fire and EMS service delivery throughout the United States. Today’s announcement represents $3.9 million to these 72 departments.
“As recent history has shown us, this nation’s fire departments are the first responders into almost every emergency.” said FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh. “Through this award program, President Bush has provided FEMA the opportunity to improve significantly the safety of these men and woman, and the Fire and EMS services they provide to Americans.”
More than 19,900 fire departments – volunteer and career – applied for grants this year, submitting requests totaling approximately $2.98 billion.
The grants, authorized by Congress, will be used to assist rural, urban and suburban fire Departments, in all 50 (fifty) states. The FY2002 grant applications have been through an exhaustive peer review by over 300 representatives of fire service organizations.
The most current list of of successful applications and awards is posted on the USFA web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.