Firefighters to receive $485 million in DHS grants
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to distribute $485 million in grants to fire departments and first responders nationally in 2007. In February, DHS announced more than $34.5 million in grants for 391 fire departments as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, and more phases to the grant program are to be announced soon.
“By building emergency response capability through training and first responder equipment, the AFG program is helping to strengthen readiness throughout the country,” says Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman. The AFG has provided $2.4 billion to fire departments and first responders since 2001.