Jul 21 2014
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2) to announce that two Arkansas fire departments will receive nearly $270,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Williams Junction Volunteer Fire Department will receive $29,560 to purchase life-saving equipment, and the Jacksonport Fire Department will receive $237,500 to purchase a water tanker/tender, which is used to draft water from hydrants and lakes.
“Local firefighters are instrumental to the safety of our families, communities, and property,” Pryor said. “This grant will give Williams Junction and Jacksonport Fire Departments the equipment they need to safely and effectively respond to emergencies and save lives.”
“Our firefighters deserve the tools and training they need to respond to emergencies,” Boozman said. “These are investments that play an important role in protecting Arkansans.”
“Our fire departments play a critical role in protecting Arkansans during emergencies, and this grant will provide needed equipment to help ensure our firefighters are better prepared to respond when our communities are threatened,” Griffin said.
The Assistance to Firefighters 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.