Sep 16 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:

• $146,300 for Foley Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Barbour County:

• $99,750 for Clayton Rescue Squad for Vehicle Acquisition

Chambers County:

• $47,500 East Alabama Water Sewer and Fire Protection District for Operations and Safety

• $67,162 Oakbowery Fire and Rescue for Operations and Safety

Chilton County:

• $84,010 Gap of the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Covington County:

• $26,770 for Beat 8 Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Cullman County:

• $52,250 Bremen Fire and Rescue for Operations and Safety

Dallas County:

• $37,395 Safford Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

• $37,792 Sardis Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Escambia County:

• $33,739 for Brewton Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Jackson County:

• $49,923 Wakefield Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Jefferson County:

• $69,255 Shannon Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

• $60,093 Center Point Fire District for Operations and Safety

Lee County:

• $49,020 Ladonia Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

• $203,772 Opelika Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Limestone County:

• $75,620 West Limestone Volunteer Fire and Rescue for Operations and Safety

Madison County:

• $96,367 Central Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for Operations and Safety

Marshall County:

• $247,024 Albertville Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Shelby County:

• $25,270 East Shelby Medical Rescue for Operations and Safety

St. Clair County:

• $27,132 Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

Tallapoosa County:

• $17,411 for Windermere Volunteer Fire Department for Operations and Safety

• $35,198 Alexander City Fire Department for Operations and Safety

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