America's Firefighters to Receive $485 Million in Grants

America's Firefighters to Receive $485 Million in Grants
Maryland Receives $273,242

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today $20,694,534 in direct assistance grants to 219 fire departments and first responder organizations through the department's Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Additional phases will soon be announced that will total $485 million in AFG grant awards to approximately 5,000 fire-related organizations nationwide.
"Emergency response is inherently local, and these resources support those who serve us all, our nation's firefighters," said Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman. "By building emergency response capability through training and first responder equipment, the AFG program is helping to strengthen readiness throughout the country. These are smart investments that protect our firefighters and help to save lives in our communities."
This round of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program includes awards to the following fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in [our area]:
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co., Reisterstown, Operations and Safety, $106,992
Longmeadow Vol. Fire Company, Inc., Hagerstown, Operations and Safety, $166,250