Heitkamp Encourages Eligible North Dakota First Responders to Apply for Federal Fire Safety Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today encourages eligible North Dakota Fire Departments and fire prevention and safety organizations to apply for the $34 million in available federal grant funding to help support fire prevention and safety activities.

“North Dakota’s first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our families and communities safe,” said Heitkamp. “To be able to do their jobs, they need the resources, training, and equipment to effectively protect our towns. To help make that possible, these federal funds help support both first responder and community safety, and I hope local fire departments apply for them.”

This federal funding is available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to enable fire departments and fire prevention and safety programs throughout North Dakota to receive support for continuing and improving their operations and effectively protect the state’s communities. The $34 million announced today come from the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program, which is a set aside from the larger AFG program that is to be used for fire prevention, education, safety activities, and awareness that will make our communities strong and safe. Heitkamp serves as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security, which oversees FEMA.

The AFG FP&S application period opens on Monday, April 4, 2016 and will run through May 6, 2016 and eligible fire departments throughout the state are encouraged to apply. For more information on how to apply for FP&S funds, click here. For more details about the grant program, visit www.grants.gov. Additional, information on the AFG program can be found by visiting FEMA’s online resources.

Today’s funding announcement reinforces the commitment Heitkamp made to make sure that our first responders have access to much needed resources. In December 2015, Heitkamp announced the application period for the AFG Program to make sure that fire departments and first responders have the resources and training they need to respond to emergencies.

Contact Senator Heitkamp’s press office at press (at) heitkamp.senate (dot) gov

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