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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2012


Funding Comes From DHS AFG Program That Promotes Effective Firefighting Operation
Pamelia Volunteer Fire Will Use Funds to Purchase New Turn Out Gear for 32 Volunteers
Schumer Has Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments and First Responders


Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Pamelia Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $59,074 in Round 11 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Pamelia Volunteer Fire Department, in Jefferson County, will use this funding to purchase new turn out gear to benefit all 32 volunteer firefighters, and to replace old, worn out gear.


"This investment is great news for the Pamelia Volunteer Fire Department, as it means that first responders will be better equipped to quickly and safely respond to emergencies in the region,” said Schumer. “These funds will help ensure that our local heroes have the critically important turn out gear that protects them during fires, and allows them to continue to do their life-saving work as efficiently and safely as possible.”


The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.


The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are 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.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at .


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