Total for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Awards Reaches $15.3 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that 320 U.S. fire departments will receive $15.3 million in grants in the fifth round of awards made under the Assistance to Firefighters Program.

More than $11.5 million of the funds in this round are to be used for personal protective equipment, $2.1 million for firefighting equipment, $826,549 for wellness and fitness programs, $742,468 for vehicles, and $108,465 for fire prevention. More grants in these categories will be announced in coming weeks.

To date, $43.4 million in grants has been distributed. The $100 million in grants approved by Congress for this fiscal year are to be distributed by September 30.

The grant applications are being processed by the U.S. Fire Administration and reviewed by representatives from seven fire service organizations. In each case, the federal grants will be supplemented by local funds.

A list of all grant recipients to date is posted on the USFA web site at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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