November 23, 2006

Gorin Fire Department Receives $76,000 Grant for New Truck

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced November 3rd the award of $8,072,570 in direct assistance grants to 163 fire departments and first responder organizations through the departments Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Additional phases will soon be announced that will total $485 million in AFG grant awards to approximately 5,000 fire-related organizations nationwide.

The Gorin Volunteer Fire Department was among the 10 Missouri departments that received $468,102 in the latest round of grants.

Emergency response is inherently local, and these resources support those who serve us all, our nations firefighters, said Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman.By building emergency response capability through training and first responder equipment, the AFG program is helping to strengthen readiness throughout the country. These are smart investments that protect our firefighters and help to save lives in our communities.

A total of $76,000 was awarded to the Gorin department and was earmarked for vehicle acquisition.

Fire chief Mike Parrish stated the volunteer department was extremely excited about the news. The grant will allow the department to upgrade a fire truck to offer improved service to the Gorin coverage area.

Since 2001, the AFG has provided $2.4 billion in grants to fire departments and first responder organizations for response equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention activities. DHS received more than 18,000 applications for nearly $2.5 billion in requests in FY06.

The AFG program awards grants to firefighters, emergency response personnel and first responders throughout the country to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of first responders and citizens in their communities. AFG grants provide resources for training, first responder health and safety programs, and response equipment and vehicles.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the departments Directorate for Preparedness through its Office of Grants and Training (G&T) in cooperation with the United States Fire Administration, also a division within the Preparedness Directorate.

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