Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the Ludlow Fire Department a grant in the amount of $103,950 through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Ludlow Fire Department qualified for the assistance under the category of Operations and Safety. The purpose of the AFG program is to award grants directly to fire departments and EMS organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is overseen by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program.
"I have always believed that our firefighters and first-responders deserve the resources necessary to do their jobs effectively. The brave members of the Ludlow Fire Department put their lives on the line every day protecting their community. They need federal support to improve their capability to respond to fires quickly and professionally. This timely assistance will allow Chief Babineau and his team to continue their important public service making Ludlow a safer place to live, work and visit," said Congressman Richard E Neal.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicle, and training. During Fiscal Year 2011, the AFG will award another $380 million to first responder organizations to enhance their response capabilities and more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.