U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is encouraging Texas fire departments and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations to apply for grant funding to assist them in purchasing new vehicles, equipment and conducting training exercises. The funding comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
“The brave men and women on the front lines need more support than ever, especially as they continue to battle historic wildfires and dangerous drought conditions throughout the state,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I encourage local fire departments in Texas to apply for this important funding, and will assist throughout the application process.”
The AFG Program provides financial assistance directly to professional and volunteer fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to enhance their capabilities to respond to fire and fire-related hazards. The primary goal of the program is to provide first responders with the tools and resources to better serve and protect their communities.
A total of approximately $404.2 million is available for fire departments across the nation.  The application submission deadline is September 9, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  For additional information and submission guidance on the AFG Program, please visit www.firegrantsupport.com. To request a letter of support on behalf of an application, please contact Andrew Blaylock, Senator Cornyn’s Grants Coordinator, at 202.224.2581 or Andrew_Blaylock@cornyn.senate.gov.