Seattle, WA -- The U.S. Fire Administration is implementing a new $100 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to enhance local and tribal nation fire department capabilities to protect the health and safety of the public, and of firefighting personnel facing fire and fire-related hazards. According to FEMA Acting Regional Director Tammy Doherty, the grants are awarded on a competitive basis, based on demonstrated financial need for, and maximum benefit to be derived from, such grants.
"The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a major step forward, helping communities address unmet fire prevention and response needs," said Doherty. "Fire departments can apply for grants in any two of six categories, with a maximum award limit of $750,000."
Categories include training, wellness/fitness programs, fire fighting vehicles, fire fighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs. Application forms are available at: www.usfa.fema.gov/grants or directly from the Grant Office by calling toll-free (866) 274-0960. The Grant Office began accepting completed forms April 2, 2001. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT by May 2, 2001.
Listen to Tammy Doherty, FEMA Acting Regional Director for Region X, explains the Assistance to Firefighter's Grant Program. (wav ~4 MB)