Round Thirty-Four of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants to Aid America’s Fire Departments is Announced

Washington, D.C. – Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced another 81 grants to fire departments this week in round thirty four of the fiscal year 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Since June of 2003, almost 8500 fire departments have now received over $679 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

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 (866) 274-0960, or via email at For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any other USFA projects, visit

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