Homeland Security Tops $20 Million In Direct Assistance to Fire Departments During the Last Two Weeks

Washington D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 116 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. in the second round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. In just the last two weeks, 337 departments have received more than $20 million dollars to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve.

“One way the Department of Homeland Security is working to better protect the nation is by providing millions of dollars in direct support of the men and women who help protect our neighborhoods and communities,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides funds to the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of fire department operations, improve fire fighter health and safety programs, purchase new equipment, enhance EMS programs, and support prevention and safety programs.

“In just the last two weeks, Homeland Security has provided more than $20 million directly to hundreds of fire departments across the country,” said Under Secretary Brown. “The $750 million in grants that will be awarded over the next year clearly illustrate President Bush’s and Secretary Ridge’s commitment to assisting our nation’s first responders.”

A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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