BISMARCK, N.D. -Governor Hoeven today announced that the Marmarth Fire Department has been awarded $32,167 in an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety expenses.
This grant brings the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to over $31 million for 2007. Nationally, the AFG program has awarded $490 million in 2007.
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.