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Granby FD gets $237,500 grant for vehicle acquisition

GRANBY The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced recently that 169 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the fifteenth round of the Fiscal Year 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG).

Granby received one of those grants in the amount of $237,500 for vehicle acquisition.

The AFG program will issue approximately 5,500 awards worth $600 million in direct assistance to firefighters and first responders throughout the country, demonstrating Homeland Security's 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 Mayer, acting executive director of the Office of Grants and Training.

The fifteenth round of grants provides more than $15.4 million to help local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations purchase or receive training, first responder health and safety programs, equipment and response vehicles.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department's Office of Grants and Training in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration.

"The Federal Government continues to support the critical work of our nation's firefighters by ensuring departments attain a basic capability level through the competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant program," said Charlie Dickinson, deputy administrator of the Department of Homeland Security's United States Fire Administration.

The Office of Grants and Training is the principal Federal agency responsible for the preparedness of the United States for acts of terrorism, including coordinating preparedness efforts at the Federal level, and working with all state, local, tribal, parish and private sector emergency response providers on all matters pertaining to combating terrorism, including training, exercises, and equipment support. To support this mission, the office of Grants and Training administers a number of programs that provide a wide array of support to our nation's emergency preparedness and response community.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination, and support.

For more information on USFA, visit their website at