BOSTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $83,922 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to local fire departments in the state of Vermont. Nationally, the fiscal year (FY) 2007 AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide over $490 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.
"While we continue to distribute these critical funds weekly so firefighters have the tools they need to protect their communities, this is also a time of year when cooking and heating fires increase," said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade. "As we continue to prepare the nations fire departments, all residents are encouraged to take a few moments to make sure fire prevention is a topic of discussion and action at this time of year."
This week's round of national fire grants includes grants to the following fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in Vermont:
|Marshfield Fire Department||Operations and Safety||$30,058||Marshfield|
|Mad River Valley Ambulance Service Inc||Operations and Safety||$34,864||Waitsfield|
|Barre Town Fire Department||Operations and Safety||$19,000||Websterville|
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. AFG also supports regional projects in which multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction benefit directly from activities implemented with grant funds.
Since FY 2001, and including FY 2007, over $3.3 billion in AFG funding has been distributed to fire departments and first responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities. AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the National Preparedness Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.
The full list of FY 2007 AFG recipients and other information is posted on the AFG Web site (www.firegrantsupport.com) .
The full list of recent news releases are posted on the FEMA Region I Web page.