Sep 23 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING 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 fire departments listed below will receive funding for operations and firefighter safety programs, which includes training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

  • $82,797 for Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County
  • $133,696 for Appleton Volunteer Fire Department in Escambia County
  • $71,630 for Concord Fire District in Jefferson County
  • $95,000 for Demopolis Fire Department in Marengo County
  • $89,044 for Emerald Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Elmore County
  • $12,094 for New Hope Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County
  • $88,920 for Sheffield Fire Department in Lauderdale County
  • $48,240 for Shottsville Fire Department in Marion County *
  • $100,819 for Waterloo Volunteer Fire District in Lauderdale County


* These funds were secured in the 2004 appropriations process.

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