New Firefighters grants awarded to Grand Forks Fire Department
Posted on 11/19/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
November 19, 2008
BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that an Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant has been awarded to the Grand Forks Fire Department.
The department has received $105,957 for the purchase of a mobile vehicle fire simulator which is training equipment that allows firefighters to practice putting out vehicle fires. "This new equipment will not only be used for Grand Forks firefighters, but also will be available to departments across the state," said Mike Flermoen, Deputy Fire Chief. "We are happy to receive this grant and look forward to helping other departments with their training needs."
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 nine 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.
The full list of FY 2008 AFG recipients and other information is posted on the AFG website (www.firegrantsupport.com).