Oct 07 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.

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

• $85,731 for Elberta Volunteer Fire Department in Baldwin County

• $114,534 for Monrovia Volunteer Fire-Rescue in Madison County

• $102,008 for Pelham Fire Department in Shelby County

• $86,354 for Eastern Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Jefferson County

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