BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Hoeven today announced that three area fire departments have recently been awarded $173,996 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). The Dunseith Fire Protection District received $100,931, Minot Rural Fire Protection District received $38,000 and New Town Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $35,065. These funds are specifically slated for operations and safety expenses.
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to $31 million. Nationally, the AFG program has awarded $490 million in 2007.
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.
Since FY 2001, and including FY 2007, over $3.3 billion in AFG funding has been distributed to fire departments and first responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities. AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the National Preparedness Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.