ATLANTA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today awarded $1,472,397 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in the state of Alabama.
"Proper staffing, equipment and preparedness are essential to the nation's first responders," said FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May. "Through the AFG program, FEMA is supporting fire departments throughout the country to meet those needs so they can provide communities with safety and security during times of crisis."
Nationally, this week's grants total $57 million. The AFG program includes three kinds of awards: Fire Grants, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants and Fire Prevention and Safety grants (FP&S). Today's grants to Alabama's organizations are:
Fire Grants (funding firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations, and supporting regional projects involving multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction).
SAFER awards (funding fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations directly to help them increase the number of trained, "front-line" firefighters available in their communities)
The fiscal year (FY) 2008 AFG awards, which are being distributed in phases, will ultimately provide about $500 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.