BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that the Butte Rural Fire Protection District and Richland County Emergency Management will both receive Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The Butte Rural Fire Protection District will receive $148,461 and Richland County Emergency Management will receive $252,415. These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety programs and vehicle acquisition. In addition, Richland County Emergency Management will share this grant with 14 fire departments, four ambulance districts, as well as Richland County 911 Communications.
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to nearly $22 million since 2001. This year alone, North Dakota has received over $2.6 million in grants. Nationally, the AFG program will ultimately award around $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.