Denver, CO -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced today the fifth round 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 two communities in South Dakota, including grants to Claremont Rural Volunteer Fire Truck Association and the Hazel Volunteer Fire Department.
"Each day, regardless of the threat, our first responders answer the call to protect fellow citizens and property. Because of that commitment, President Bush and Secretary Ridge remain steadfast in their support of first responders and the communities they safeguard," said Under Secretary Brown. "These Firefighter Grants reflect that support by providing our first responders with critical funds for equipment, training, planning and exercises."
This fifth round of grants provides nearly $10 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. In the past five weeks, nearly 810 departments have received grants to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve.
Grants have been made available to the following fire departments in South Dakota:
- Claremont - $35,974 for fire operations and firefighters safety to the Claremont Rural Volunteer Fire Truck Association.
- Hazel - $28,475 for fire operations and firefighter safety to the Hazel Volunteer Fire Truck Association.
The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted on the USFA web site at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.