On Jan. 16, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $733,175 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in the state of Tennessee. FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May commented, “FEMA is proud to help our nation’s fire departments with funding for new equipment and training.”
Nationally, the program supplied grants totaling $64 million. The AFG program includes three kinds of awards: Fire Grants, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants and Fire Prevention and Safety grants (FP&S).
The Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department received a Fire Grant, designated to fund firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical services organizations, as well as to support regional projects involving multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction. The Townsend Area VFD received a total of $7,077 for operations and safety.
The 2008 AFG grants are being distributed in phases, and will ultimately provide about $500 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.