Round Twenty-Five 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 177 grants to fire departments this week in round twenty-five of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. Since June, more 6600 fire departments have received almost $495 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“This direct funding is essential to train and equip our first responders who protect lives and property against all hazards in our communities each day,” said Brown. “President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I remain steadfast in our commitment to support America’s firefighters and appreciate Congress’ leadership in appropriating these grant monies.”

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, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

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