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2 East Texas fire departments receive grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two East Texas fire departments were part of twelve Texas fire departments to recieve grants from the Assistance to Fire Firefighters Grants program.

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas' senior Senator, announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $2,533,437 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program to 12 local fire departments and organizations in Texas.

"These grants will provide our firefighters and first responders with the resources they need to save lives," said Sen. Hutchison. "The funding will help these brave men and women better prepare for and respond to emergency situations in our communities."

City

Organization

Purpose

Funding

Lufkin

Lufkin Fire Department

Operations & Safety

 $288,000

Dayton

HWY 321 VFD

Vehicle Acquisition

 $242,604

Huntsville

Crabbs Prairie VFD

Operations & Safety

 $ 5,558

Sherman

Sherman Fire Department

Operations & Safety

 $ 61,200

Quitman

Quitman Fire & Rescue

Operations & Safety

 $ 31,730

Caldwell

Deanville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Operations & Safety

 $ 60,253

Midland

Northeast Midland Co. VFD.

Vehicle Acquisition

 $186,200

Slidell

Greenwood-Slidell Vol. Fire Dept.

Operations & Safety

 $192,022

Slidell

Greenwood-Slidell Vol. Fire Dept.

Vehicle Acquisition

 $240,350

Rockport

Rockport Volunteer Fire Dept.

Vehicle Acquisition

 $262,675

Needville

Needville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Operations & Safety

 $140,125

Houston

Harris Co. Emergency Service Dist. #6

Operations & Safety

 $792,320

Hutchins

Hutchins Fire Rescue

Operations & Safety

 $ 30,400

Total

$2,533,437

The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is an important component of the Administration's larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness.  The AFG is designed to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards.  The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles. 

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