BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that four Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants have been awarded across the state. These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety programs and vehicle acquisition.
The Inkster Rural Fire Protection District was awarded $6,152. "Our grant will be used for basic firefighter training for our new and existing volunteer firefighters," Fire Chief Andrew Carter said. "I really appreciate the AFG grant program and the assistance it provides to us."
The Leonard Fire Protection District was awarded $55,100. "We will be updating our radios from analog to digital which will give us better interoperable communication during emergencies," Fire Chief Lynn Olson said.
The Oliver County Ambulance in Center, ND was awarded $114,000. "We are so excited to get this grant," Squad leader, Mickie McNulty-Eide said. "This means that we will be able to purchase a new ambulance to better serve our community; we will also be able to replace our current backup rig which is from 1983."
The Valley City Rural Fire Department was awarded $167,200 for the purchase of a new tanker. "Our old tanker is 27 years old, unsafe, and is too small," Chief Gary Retterath said. "Our new tanker will carry twice as much water so it will really save us time refilling."
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to nearly $21 million since 2001. In fiscal year 2007, North Dakota received around $3.1 million in grants. Nationally, the AFG program will ultimately award around $500 million in FY 2008.
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.