Nearly 4500 Fire Departments Have Now Received Over $304 Million in First 17 Weeks of Grant Awards

Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 489 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. this week in the seventeenth round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. To date, almost 4500 fire departments have received over $304 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“With recent storms and flooding in the DC area, I am pleased to announce the largest award announcement to date in the 2003 AFG program” said Under Secretary Brown. “Four hundred and eighty nine grants were processed in this past week in support of our first responders. 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 for 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, fire fighter 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 (866) 274-0960, or via email at For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other USFA projects, visit

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