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Higgins announces grant opportunity for local fire departments


Mon, Jan 29th 2024 01:45 pm

Application window closes March 8

Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. March 8.

“The Assistance for Firefighters Grant program provides local fire departments with critical funding needed to modernize equipment and train members,” Higgins said. “It is an asset to first responders, as well as the communities they serve. We encourage local departments to apply.”

A press release stated, “The AFG program provides competitive grants that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters. The grants support direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies. Federal resources provided through the program train and equip emergency personnel to enhance operational efficiency, foster interoperability, and support community safety.”

Over the last 19 years, more than 130 grants have been awarded to fire departments in Higgins’ district alone, delivering over $35.6 million in federal funding to volunteer and professional fire departments for public safety.

The press release added, “Since 2001, the AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critical equipment, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire-related hazards. This year, Congress appropriated $324 million in grant funding available to departments across the country.”

Virtual workshops, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provide an overview of the program, along with tips on how to develop and submit a successful application. Dates and times for upcoming workshops are available at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/workshops.

Local fire departments with questions can contact the AFG help desk by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-866-274-0960. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/assistance-grants.

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