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 Drake Rural Fire Protection District was awarded $123,547 for vehicle acquisition.
The Lignite Volunteer Fire Department received a grant for $53,105 for operations and safety. "Our biggest concern is our firefighters' safety," said Fire Chief Justin Blom. "We really appreciate the grant because it will allow us to purchase new safety equipment like turn out gear."
The Portal International Fire Department was awarded $8,873 for fire prevention. 'We are really glad to get this grant,' said Mike Gillies, Treasurer, Portal International Fire Department. "This grant will allow us to provide additional fire inspector training to our firefighters so they are able to examine area buildings and businesses to make sure they are compliant with our local fire codes."
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to over $21 million since 2001. In fiscal year 2008, North Dakota has so far received nearly seven hundred thousand 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.