KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 216 grants to fire departments this week in Round 31 of the fiscal year 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. Included in the announcements of this latest round were awards for two communities in Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha.
"President Bush, Secretary Ridge and I maintain our commitment to support America's firefighters with the distribution of these critical funds, and encourage fire service leaders to visit both the USFA and DHS websites for more information about the FY04 program," said Brown. "This grant program, appropriated by Congress, will continue to provide the fire service with the equipment and training necessary for first responders to fulfill their mission."
Lincoln Fire and Rescue received a grant for $489,523 for use in Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.
The Omaha Fire Department received a grant for $355,600 for use in Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.
Since June of 2003, over 8100 fire departments have received almost $651 million to support their role as first responders in the neighborhoods and communities they serve. The program will ultimately provide $750 million in direct assistance to help rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), administers the Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program. 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 www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.