Aug 26 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES MILLIONS FOR ALABAMA FIRE DEPARTMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that fire departments across Alabama will receive federal funds to assist with operations and firefighter safety programs or firefighting vehicle acquisition programs.

These funds are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP), which awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support our nation's firefighters. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing $650 million for fiscal year 2005 in direct assistance to firefighters to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. The Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded these funds to fire departments across Alabama. It is critical that our federal, state and local governments work together to ensure that our first responders have the necessary tools to face emergencies quickly and effectively when they occur,” Senator Shelby said.

The following fire departments will receive funding for either of the two programs:

Operations and Firefighter Safety Program. Includes training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program. Includes pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

Baldwin County •$64,831 for Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Butler County •$38,053 for Greenville Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Cherokee County •$48,308 for McCords Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Clay County •$14,250 for Millerville Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Cleburne County •$95,181 for Hollis Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Colbert County •$11,400 for Cherokee Rescue Squad for Operations and Safety •$55,104 for Locust Shores Volunteer Fire for Operations and Safety

Coosa County •$60,880 for Kellyton Volunteer Fire and Rescue for Operations and Safety

Elmore County •$202,191 for Buyck Volunteer Fire Department for Vehicle Acquisition

Etowah County •$59,470 for Susan Moore Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Fayette County •$19,025 for Fowlers Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Jefferson County •$11,305 for Cahaba Valley Fire and Emergency Medical Rescue for Operations and Safety •$79,605 for Mountain Brook Fire Department for Operations and Safety

St. Clair County •$107,535 for Pinedale Volunteer Fire & Rescue for Operations and Safety

Talladega County •$77,297 for Childersburg Fire and Rescue Department •$158,650 for Lanier Volunteer Fire Department for Vehicle Acquisition

Tuscaloosa County •$339,144 for Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue Services Department for Operations and Safety •$170,463 for Carroll's Creek Fire Protection District for Operations and Safety

Walker County •$77,853 for Thach Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Wilcox County •$85,500 for MedCare Emergency Medical Services for Vehicle Acquisition

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