Fire departments in five states, including New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have been awarded more than $1.69 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In New Mexico, the grant totals $84,093 and covers the cost of firefighting equipment and wellness and fitness equipment for the City of Alamogordo Fire Department.
A grant awarded in Arkansas totals $36,100 and pays for an air quality control device for a fire truck for the Gravel Ridge Fire Department. In Louisiana, the grants total $686,738 and cover costs for firefighting gear for the Carencro Fire Department; Fire Protection District #1 of West Feliciana Parish in St. Francisville; the Iota Fire Protection District of Acadia Parish in Iota; the New Orleans Fire Department and the Plaucheville Volunteer Fire Department.
In Oklahoma, the grants total $263,337 and cover the costs of fire- simulating equipment for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma in Miami, and firefighting equipment for the Tuttle Fire Department. In Texas, the grants total $620,375 and cover firefighting equipment for the Wolfe City Volunteer Fire Department; an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle for the Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station; radio equipment for the Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Department; and an air quality control device for a fire truck for the Kingsville Fire Department.
The federal grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The primary goal of the AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.
Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders get critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. For more information on the AFG program, visit http://www.fema.gov/