BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that three Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants have been awarded. These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety programs and vehicle acquisition.
The Edgeley Rural Fire Department was awarded $30,781. "This grant will improve safety in our county for both firefighters and citizens," Fire Chief Steve Powers said.
The Kenmare Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $148,466. Chuck Leet, who serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Department said that the department was very happy to receive this grant. "We do not always have the funds we need to update our old equipment," Leet said. "This grant will allow us to replace safety gear that is well over 15 years old, so this grant will help us keep our firefighters safe and will help us provide excellent services to our community; what this grant does for our community is immeasurable."
The Leonard Fire Protection District was awarded $27,717. "We will be using our grant award to provide additional safety training and advanced hazardous materials training," Fire Chief Lynn Olson said. "This additional training will keep our firefighters safe and will help keep the public safer."
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 2008, North Dakota has so far received over a half a million dollars 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.