Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:51 am
juneau - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $225,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program to Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau to acquire a new firefighting vehicle.
Nationally, the 2008 AFG awards will provide approximately $500 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.
The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is an important component of the administration's larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness.
The AFG is designed 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.
The AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the Grant Programs Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.