Round Thirty-Three 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 114 grants to fire departments this week in round thirty-three of the fiscal year 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. Since June of 2003, over 8400 fire departments have received almost $673 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I maintain our commitment to support America’s firefighters with the distribution of these critical funds to our nation’s fire departments,” said Brown. “It’s crucial that these brave men and women have the equipment and training necessary to answer the call and respond to all hazards, man-made or natural.”

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, 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 usfagrants@fema.gov. For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other USFA projects, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

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