BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants have been awarded to five fire departments across the state.
The Northwood Rural Fire Protection District received $224,207 for vehicle acquisition. "We really needed this grant," said Fire Chief Rod Pederson. "We will be replacing a tanker truck that was totaled during the tornado."
The Fargo Fire Department was awarded $232,000. "This grant will give us the opportunity to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses that will be in compliance with the current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements," said Fire Chief Bruce Hoover. "A grant like this really helps the department out financially."
Other grants include:
Butte Fire Protection District - $12,825
Marion Rural Fire Department - $80,275
Portal International Fire Department - $31,741
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to nearly $22 million since 2001. In fiscal year 2008, North Dakota has so far received over 1.5 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.
The full list of FY 2008 AFG recipients and other information is posted on the AFG website (www.firegrantsupport.com).