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 and that fire departments are appropriately staffed to respond,” 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.
- $142,500 for Salitpa Volunteer Fire Department in Clarke County for Vehicle Acquisition
- $46,831 for Tanner Williams Volunteer Fire Department in Mobile County for Operations and Safety
- $157,976 for Gulf Shores Fire Rescue in Baldwin County for Operations and Safety
- $40,280 for Pentacost Volunteer Fire Department in Chilton County for Operations and Safety
- $94,500 for Friendship Volunteer Fire Dept in Russell County for Operations and Safety
- $178,406 for Hanover Volunteer Fire Department in Coosa County for Operations and Safety
- $168,625 for South Montgomery County Fire Protection Authority in Montgomery County for Operations and Safety
- $57,618 for Waugh - Mount Meigs VFPA in Montgomery County for Operations and Safety
- $190,154 for Boldo Fire & Rescue in Walker County for Operations and Safety
- $26,524 for Piney Chapel Fire Department in Limestone County for Operations and Safety
- $87,574 for New Market Volunteer Fire Department in Madison County for Operations and Safety
- $74,195 for Waterfront Volunteer Fire Department in Jackson County for Operations and Safety
- $83,448 for Alabaster Fire and Rescue Service in Shelby County for Operations and Safety
- $90,184 for Butler Volunteer Fire Department in Choctaw County for Operations and Safety
- $75,088 for Irondale Fire Department in Jefferson County for Operations and Safety
In addition, two Alabama fire departments will receive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grants. The SAFER grant program serves to enhance the capability of local fire departments to respond to fire and other emergency incidents, along with other community-related activities that further the traditional mission of local fire departments.
The fire departments listed below will receive financial assistance to hire additional firefighters:
- $600,000 for Foley Fire Department in Baldwin County
- $700,000 for Springville Fire Department in St. Clair County
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