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Deadline for Responder Grants Approaches

Local volunteer fire companies and emergency medical responders have until April 4 to apply for more than $500 million in federal 2008 Assistance to Firefighter grants.

The grants are available through the Department of Homeland Security. The program is separate from the state's Volunteer Fire Company Grant Program, which provides $25 million in funding annually.

Applicants may submit two separate applications for consideration under each of the following two program areas:

  1. Operations and Safety Program Area: Eligible activities for fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations are limited to training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to facilities.
  2. Vehicle Acquisition Program Area: Eligible apparatus available to fire departments under this program area include, but are not limited to, pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, aerials, foam units and fireboats.

Companies may also apply for a regional project through which multiple organizations, serving more than one local jurisdiction, may benefit directly from the activities implemented with the grant funds.

To apply for grants or for more information on the AFG program, visit the Web site.

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