USFA Announces Round 12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Awards

Washington, D.C.-The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are pleased to announce Round 12 of the 2002 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Awards for 362 fire departments. The monetary investment announced in this round approaches $20 million for fire departments throughout the United States.

“We anticipate this round, to be the last large announcement for the 2002 program. There will be another smaller announcement coming late in January, as well as the Fire Prevention award announcement. Our focus and a great deal of planning, has gone into the 2003 program. I encourage the nation’s fire service members to watch the USFA website for the most current information regarding the 2003 program,” said USFA Administrator R. David Paulison.

President Bush and the Congress have made this significant investment possible through the USFA, which is a part of FEMA. These funds will be used by the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, improve fire fighter health and safety programs, purchase new fire apparatus, enhance EMS programs, and support Fire Prevention and Safety Programs. FEMA and the USFA expect to announce a total of at least 5500 grants before the end of January 2003. The total of all awards, when completed, will represent a $360M investment to enhance fire and EMS service delivery nationwide.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted at www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.

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