The 12th Round of The Assistance to Firefighters Grants Announced

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(Washington, DC) November 18, 2005 - Department of Homeland Security today announced the twelfth round of the Fiscal Year 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) awarding 58 grants to fire departments throughout the United States.

AFGP will issue approximately 5,500 awards worth nearly $600 million in direct assistance to firefighters and first responders throughout the country, demonstrating Homeland Security's commitment to ensuring that America's firefighters have the resources they need to protect their communities.

"We recognize the importance of the Fire Act Grants to our nation's fire departments and we will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs," said Matt A. Mayer, Acting Executive Director of the Office for State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness (SLGCP).

This twelfth round of fire grants provides $6,436,954 to help local fire departments and emergency medical services programs to purchase or receive training, first responder health and safety programs, equipment and response vehicles.