BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant have been awarded to the Regent Rural Fire Department. The department is receiving $86,229 for operations and safety programs. and vehicle acquisition.
"We are really happy to receive this grant," said Terry Hartman, Fire Chief. "We are replacing our old grass unit fire truck from 1975, so this new equipment will really help us out."
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 over 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.