FEMA/USFA FIRE GRANT AWARDS REACH $17.8 MILLION

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has announced that 119 fire departments across the United States will receive $10.9 million in grants in the third round of awards under the Assistance to Firefighters Program.

More than $10 million of the funds in this round are to be used for purchasing firefighting vehicles, $300,000 for fire prevention programs, and $38,000 for training purposes. These awards bring the tally for total assistance provided to $17.8 million; $100 million in grants is be distributed by FEMA through Sept. 30. Additional categories for future awards will include firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and wellness and fitness programs.

More than 19,700 volunteer and career fire departments have applied for grants this year, submitting requests totaling almost $2.98 billion.

The grants, authorized last year by Congress, will reach rural, urban, and suburban fire departments. The grant applications are being processed by the USFA and reviewed by representatives from seven fire service organizations. In each case, the federal grants will be supplemented by local funds.

A list of training and vehicle grant recipients is posted on the USFA Web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants/total01.htm. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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