More than 4000 Fire Departments Received Almost $270 Million in First 16 Weeks of Assistance to Firefighters Grant Awards

Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 166 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. last week in the sixteenth round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. To date, over 4000 fire departments have received almost $270 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“I’d like to thank the firefighters for responding to numerous emergency calls during Hurricane Isabel and for joining the recovery efforts of state and local emergency managers, public works, law enforcement, and the Red Cross,” said Under Secretary Brown. “To support our first responders who answer the call in natural disasters and man-made hazards, President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I remain committed to directly funding their efforts to save lives and property through this grant program administered by Homeland Security and FEMA.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds are used by the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs, and fire prevention and safety programs.

Fire departments having questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can reach the FEMA Grant Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at usfagrants@fema.gov. For the most current information regarding these grant awards visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

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