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NTVFD Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant


August 08, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $16,535 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for Fire Prevention and Safety to the North Tongass Fire Department in Ketchikan, Alaska. Nationally, the fiscal year (FY) 2008 AFG awards will provide approximately $500 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.

"This direct funding is essential to train and equip our first responders who protect lives and property against all hazards in our communities each day," said U.S. Fire Administration Acting Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. "The USFA and FEMA will continue to remain steadfast in our commitment to support America's firefighters through these critical grant funds."

The Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and mitigate high incidences of death and injury. Examples of the types of projects supported by FP&S include fire prevention and public safety education campaigns, juvenile firesetter interventions, media campaigns, and arson prevention and awareness programs.

This grant program is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the Grant Programs Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.


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Assistance to Firefighter Grant program information


Source of News:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


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