Homeland Security Announces Grants To Arkansas Fire Departments To Support Key First Responders

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Release date: 
June 13, 2003
Release Number: 
R6-03-25

Denton, TX -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced today the first 219 grants of what will ultimately total approximately 7,000 grants worth $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters from the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. Included in the announcement were awards for 14 Arkansas communities, including Havana, Haskell, Flippin, Huntington, Dover, Greenwood, Harrison, Huntsville, Cove, Lawson, Mena, Glenwood, Caddo Gap, and Rosston.

"The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is a great example of how Homeland Security is putting key resources directly into neighborhoods and communities to better secure the homeland," said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

The first round of grants included $13.3 million to help local fire departments fund the purchase of firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire prevention and safety programs.

"Providing these funds to the local fire departments is key to President Bush's commitment to support the men and women who protect our communities," said Brown.

Grants have been made available to the following fire departments in Arkansas:

  • Havana Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $29,635.
  • Haskell Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $25,893.
  • Rea Valley Vol. Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $23,870.
  • Huntington Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $30,206
  • Dover Fire Department - Firefighting Vehicle - $ 29,700
  • Milltown/Washburn RFD- Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $13,968
  • Bergman Volunteer Fire Fighters Association - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $23,616
  • Smyrna Volunteer Fire Dept. - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $19,001
  • Cove Rural Volunteer Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $40,187
  • Lawson-Urbana Rural Volunteer Fire Department - Firefighting Vehicle - $139,500
  • Nella Volunteer Fire Department -Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety -$38,969
  • Glenwood Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $21,600
  • Caddo Gap Volunteer Fire Department - Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety - $38,016
  • Bodcaw Volunteer Fire Department - Firefighting Vehicle - $13,500

For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, please visit www.usfa.fema.gov. Each week's recipients, including those announced in this first round, will be made available each Friday morning.

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July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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