The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced the fifth round of FY 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety grants, awarding 15 grants totaling $3.5 million to fire departments in the United States.
The grants are awarded to fire departments and other eligible organizations to reduce losses from fire and fire-related hazards. Grant projects focus on preventing fire-related injuries to children, seniors, firefighters and other high-risk groups. The grant program also supports innovative fire prevention solutions and research on improving firefighter health and safety.
The grant program awards support projects in two categories:
Fire prevention and safety, such as public education, arson prevention/awareness, code enforcement/awareness, wildfire prevention/education, juvenile fire setter intervention, burn prevention, media/PR campaigns, sprinkler awareness, or smoke alarm distribution.
Firefighter safety research and development, such as data collection and analysis projects; sociological projects and problem-focused technology studies that address firefighter safety, wellness, fitness or health.
The Fire Prevention and Safety grants are part of AFG, a competitive program administered by the DHS Office of Grants and Training that awards one-year grants directly to fire departments nationwide in an effort to give every department the basic tools needed to respond to all hazards.