Congressional Letters of Support
To bring up a dead horse.... We had quite a bit of discussion in the past here about whether or not letters of support help your chances with the AFG... I may have found the answer. This is a press release from our Senator that came out today. I'm thinking that this is the extent of benefit and I'm guessing it's not much or any:rolleyes:
FEINGOLD BACKS WISCONSIN FIREFIGHTERS WITH GRANT REQUEST SUPPORT
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is strongly supporting grant requests from Wisconsin fire departments for the 2005 round of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The program, also known as the FIRE Act grants, delivers much needed resources to local fire departments for things like new fire fighting vehicles and life saving equipment. Feingold recently sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking for full and fair consideration for each of the Wisconsin grant applications.
“I continue to be a strong supporter of these grants, which make it possible for fire departments around Wisconsin to receive the tools and training they need to keep our communities safe,” Feingold said. “As our brave volunteer and career firefighters put themselves in harm’s way each day, they deserve the resources that will help them save lives.”
According to the DHS, Wisconsin communities have sent 696 applications for FIRE Act grants to the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), the DHS office that assists state and local officials with their emergency response needs, including the awarding of FIRE Act grants. Wisconsin firefighters received almost $19 million from this important grant program last year.
“At virtually every meeting I have with Wisconsin firefighters, they tell me about the vital importance of FIRE Act grants and how those grants allow them to get needed equipment and training they would otherwise be unable to afford,” Feingold wrote.