PUBLISHED: 7:35 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department receives assistance-to-firefighters grant
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $83,833 in an Assistance-to-Firefighters Grant to the Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department in Southeast Alaska.

Nationally, the fiscal year 2007 AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide over $490 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.

"The recent wildfires in California have shown the passionate dedication that comes from America's firefighters," said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade.

"FEMA is proud to be associated with the efforts of providing support to America's first responders in helping them save lives and property."

AFG awards aim to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards.

The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.

AFG also supports regional projects in which multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction benefit directly from activities implemented with grant funds.

Since FY 2001, and including FY 2007, over $3.3 billion in AFG funding has been distributed to fire departments and first responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities.

AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the National Preparedness Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.

The full list of FY 2007 AFG recipients and other information is posted online at

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.