BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that the Rogers and Brocket Volunteer Fire Departments have recently been awarded grant dollars in Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants. These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety programs and vehicle acquisition.
The Rogers Department was awarded $29,716. "We are a small department and don't always have the money to buy the gear we need," Fire Chief Ken Jewett said. "This grant will go a long way towards purchasing new turnout gear, such as boots, gloves, and coats."
The Brocket Department was awarded $62,643. "We are happy to receive this grant," Fire Chief Keith Olson said. "We have tried for a grant for around six years and we are planning on using our award to buy new bunker gear and to upgrade our air packs."
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to over $22 million since 2001. This fiscal year alone, North Dakota has received nearly $3 million in grants. Nationally, the AFG program will ultimately award around $490 million in FY 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.