Round Twenty-Nine 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 151 grants to fire departments this week in round twenty-nine of the fiscal year 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. Since June of 2003, almost 7800 fire departments have now received almost $619 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve as firefighters.

“We continue to distribute these monies appropriated by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.” said Brown. “President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I continue commitment to support America’s firefighters with the distribution of these critical funds, and looking to start distributing the 2004 AFG information.”

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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