Florida Business Journal


State fire departments to receive security grants

Five Florida volunteer fire departments will receive part of $302,306 in grants announced Friday by Michael D. Brown, undersecretary of homeland security for emergency preparedness and response.

The departments named are in the first round of 218 grants that ultimately will reach 7,000 grants totaling $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters under the 2003 Assistance to Firefighter Grant program.

Among the Florida departments to receive grants are:

Umatilla Volunteer Fire Department, $17,982 for fire operations and safety
Country Oaks Volunteer Fire Department, $88,650 for a fire vehicle
Five Points Volunteer Fire Department, $43,200 for fire operations and safety
Aitha Volunteer Fire Department, $139,694 for a fire vehicle
Madison Volunteer Fire Department, $12,510 for fire operations and safety
The first round of grants included $13.2 million to help local fire departments fund the purchase of firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire prevention and safety programs.