Nov 17 2004


U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Gadsden Fire Department will receive $72,000 in federal funds to assist with fire prevention efforts. These funds are available for public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement activities, fire inspector certifications, purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland mitigation, and arson prevention and detection activities.

These funds have been awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness, as a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This program will distribute $750 million in direct federal assistance to firefighters nationwide this year.

“I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded these funds for the Gadsden Fire Department. It is critical that our federal, state and local governments work together to ensure that our first responders have the necessary resources to face an emergency quickly and effectively should one occur,” Sen. Shelby said.