WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Thursday, June 29th, announced that nine Missouri fire departments will receive a total of $1,066,139 in new grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The Gorin Fire Department in Scotland County was one of the nine award recipients. The local volunteer department will receive $7,715 under the AFG operations and safety designation for the purchase of new equipment.

The AFG program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“Firefighters and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save lives, and they must have access to the training and equipment that will help them do their job as safely as possible,” said Blunt. “That’s why I’ve been proud to support the AFG program, which provides critical resources to fire departments in Missouri and across the country. I’ll continue working to ensure that these departments and other local emergency response agencies have the federal support they need.”

Funding for the AFG grants was included in the FY2016 omnibus appropriations bill. Blunt helped secure a $5 million increase for the AFG grant program in that bill.

The other Missouri fire departments set to receive funding were:

City of De Soto Fire Department ($148,800  for personal protective gear);

Leadwood Fire Protection District ($149,200 for equipment);

Meta Fire & Rescue FPD ($13,810 for equipment);

Oran Fire Protection District ($24,953 for equipment and training);

Rocky Mount Fire Protection District ($139,692 for equipment);

St. Louis Fire Department ($583,274 for equipment);

Scott County Rural Fire Protection District ($1,239 for training);

and Whitewater Fire Protection District ($11,193 for equipment and training).