Nov 30 2005


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.

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. Senator Shelby, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in securing $650 million for fiscal year 2005 in direct assistance to firefighters that will be used 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 so pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded these funds to our fire departments all over 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 efficiently, effectively, and safely when they occur,” Senator Shelby said.

The following fire departments will receive funding for the Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, which includes training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities:

Baldwin County: • $55,016 for the Orange Beach Fire and Rescue

Lauderdale County: • $98,230 for the Center Star Fire Department

Marshall County: • $65,403 for the Asbury Volunteer Fire Department

Mobile County: • $907,936 for the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department

Tuscaloosa County: • $26,216 for the Nicol Volunteer Fire Department