Dec 07 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT 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. 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 pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded these funds to our fire departments throughout 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:

Barbour County: • $154,162 for Clayton Volunteer Fire Department

Jefferson County: • $24,305 for Argo Fire and Rescue in Trussville

Marion County: • $117,135 for Brilliant Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Talladega County: • $58,900 for Lincoln Fire and Rescue

Walker County: • $110,418 for Pineywoods Volunteer Fire Department