Got this in my email this morning...


This is a message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency/U.S. Fire Administration.

Release No.: 02-247
Release Date: Dec. 10, 2002


WASHINGTON, D.C.- Beginning Tuesday evening, December 10, 2002 and ending Sunday December 15, 2002, the United States Fire Administration will send turn down notices to 1,161 fire departments. Over 19,500 departments applied for grants in 2002, and the USFA anticipates being able to fund 5500 departments. The departments receiving turn down notifications are among those who applied for the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Grant award program. From the 2002 funding level of $360 million, $235 million have already been awarded to over 3700 fire departments.

"It is a difficult process to send these notifications so close to the end of the year. However, FEMA and the USFA made a commitment to the fire departments of the United States, that the USFA would release information just as soon as we received it. As we approach the end of the award process, it was clear we would not be able to fund these applicant departments. As hard as this is, the USFA wanted the departments to know, as soon as we knew.", said R. David Paulison, USFA Administrator.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. The USFA is a part of FEMA. A list of all current award recipients announced to date is posted on the USFA web site at Future grant recipients will be listed as awards are made.