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Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding announced by FEMA

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated applications for the 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programme, allocating $324 million to bolster public and firefighter safety against fire-related risks.

FEMA’s dedication to safety and resilience

The AFG programme is critical in strengthening the nation’s defences against fire incidents.

This year’s funding focuses on providing emergency response teams with necessary equipment, enhanced training, and improved communication interoperability.

Effect of AFG programme on communities

The AFG programme has a proven track record of benefiting communities across the nation.

It has been instrumental in life-saving operations, including rescues and accident preventions, as well as health screenings for firefighters, demonstrating its wide-reaching impact.

Details of application and fund allocation

Fire departments, non-affiliated emergency medical service organisations, and state fire training academies are eligible for the grant.

The application deadline is 8 March 2024, 5 p.m. GMT.

The total appropriation under the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2023, is $360 million, of which a portion is for the Fire Prevention and Safety programme.

Statements from FEMA officials

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, citing her firefighting background, emphasised the significance of providing local fire departments with vital resources.

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator, also highlighted the impact of AFG grants at various governmental levels.

Further information

For additional details on the funding notice and application process, visit FEMA’s website and

FEMA plans to conduct webinars to assist applicants.

IFSJ Comment

FEMA’s $324 million funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant programme is a crucial initiative for enhancing firefighter and community safety.

Such grants play an essential role in equipping emergency responders with the resources they need to effectively tackle fires and related hazards.

This funding is especially important in the context of increasing fire risks due to various factors including climate change.

It highlights the need for continued investment in fire safety and preparedness across the globe.

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