Main Content

FEMA Awards Washington, DC $5.9 Million to Help First Responder in 2019

Release date: 
November 5, 2019
Release Number: 

Our firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders and Fire Associations work hard every day to keep our communities safe. They rely on equipment, training and resources to make sure that when there is an emergency, such as a building fire or medical emergency, they can respond quickly and efficiently. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the inestimable value of these first responders and has awarded associations and organizations across the District of Columbia $5,938,681.20 to help them in their service to our communities.

Washington, DC organizations, including the American Red Cross, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the IAFF Foundation, received $4,423,716.20 in  Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants to help reduce the risk of fire in the District. These grants fund education, training and resources, such as smoke alarms which fire companies often install in homes free of charge. Fire safety and education is a key part in reducing the risk of fire injury. “All disasters start at the local level and it’s the local firefighters and EMS personnel that are always first on the scene taking action to prevent loss of life and property.” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “These awards are an annual opportunity for FEMA to fund the critical equipment and needs of firefighters and EMS organizations so they can continue doing what they do best: save lives and helping their communities be more prepared.”

In addition to FP&S funding, the District also received $1,514,965.00 in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants to help retain, train and invest in firefighters. These grants allow fire companies to continue to meet their staffing needs in order to protect their communities 24/7.

In addition to FP&S and SAFER, FEMA provides grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (AFG) for operational support, vehicle acquisition and training opportunities. AFG, SAFER and FP&S grants are annual competitive grants which eligible fire companies, unaffiliated EMS and state fire academies can apply for. The grants are subject to annual appropriations. Interested applicants can find tools and resources, including links to Program Webinars, at

For more information on these grants and how to apply, please visit

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Learn more about FEMA Region III at Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at and Follow us on Twitter at


Last Updated: 
November 5, 2019 - 15:42