FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2007
Schumer Announces Three Capital Region Fire Departments Will Receive Over $1.2 Million In Federal Fire Grants
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that three departments in the Capital Region will receive federal grants totaling $1,280,633 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Perth Volunteer Fire Company in Montgomery County will receive a $65,731 grant from the seventh round of DHS FY07 AFG awards; the Troy Fire Department in Rensselaer County will receive a $378,652 grant from the seventh round of DHS FY07 AFG awards; and the National Association of State Fire Marshalls in Saratoga County will receive a $836,250 grant from the eleventh round of DHS FY06 Fire Prevention & Safety awards. The three grants will be used to improve operations and safety, acquire new vehicles and aid in fire prevention.
"This funding will go a long way in supporting the first responders in the Capital Region" said Schumer. "Our nation's firefighters are truly
Schumer was among the first senators who recognized the need for the federal government to establish a funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. Since its inception in 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has delivered over $122 million to
For Fiscal Year 2008, Congress has authorized $1 billion for the program, $700 million more than the $300 million included in the Administration's budget proposal. The FY07 DHS Appropriations bill, signed into law by the President, appropriated $662 million for firefighter assistance grants, of which $115 million will go toward SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Act grants.
"These grants ensure that the firefighters in
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, please visit the website at http://www.firegrantsupport.com .