Firefighters Get Grant
November 18, 2008, C-T
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $36,006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Chillicothe Emergency Services. This will be for the purchase and use of fire protection gear.
Nationally, the AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide approximately $560 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.
AFG awards aim to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.
"The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program has been instrumental in building capacity and providing needed resources for our nation's
firefighters," said FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison.
"From the purchase of equipment to first responder training, the AFG program has helped improve response capabilities and saved lives and property in communities throughout the United States."
Since 2002, AFG has provided more than $3.6 billion in grants to fire departments and first responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities.