WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today announced that two Arkansas fire departments will receive over $70,000 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Grubbs Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $26,315 grant to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses, and the Oden-Pencil Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $44,600 grant to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses and turnout gear.
“Local firefighters play a vital role in keeping our communities safe,” Pryor said. “These grants will provide our volunteer firefighters with the equipment they need to protect our homes and families while maintaining their own safety in hazardous conditions.”
“Our firefighters deserve the resources they need to stay safe while responding to emergencies,” Boozman said. “This equipment will ensure the safety of first responders who are placed in dangerous situations to protect the public.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is supported by the omnibus appropriations bill and provides fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations with the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. During Fiscal Year 2013, DHS AFG Program awarded approximately $288.8 million directly to local fire departments and EMS organizations.