WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department will receive $15,897 in federal funds to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. These funds are available for training and fitness, protective equipment, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
These funds have been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness, as a part of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. This program will distribute $650 million in direct federal assistance to firefighters nationwide this year.
“I remain committed to working in Congress to ensure that our nation’s first responders have the critical resources they need to rapidly respond in the event of an emergency. Our local firefighters and law enforcement are the first ones on the scene, and we must ensure they are properly prepared,” Sen. Shelby said.