Jindal Wraps Up Successful "Open Doors" with Local Firefighters
Washington, Jun 3 - Abita Springs, LA - Congressman Bobby Jindal (LA-01) today hosted an extremely well received "Open Doors" with local firefighters from the First District. The event brought together a cross section of firefighters, from volunteers to career firefighters from the cities in the district, for a discussion about ways to facilitate federal support for their vital actions.
"My staff and I stand ready to assist our local fire departments and fire districts in any way possible, to make sure they have the funds, the technology and the support they deserve," Jindal said. "I am extremely proud of the work they do everyday and glad we had the opportunity this meeting afforded to have an open dialogue. I look forward to many more conversations like this one. My door is always open."
The event was held at the Abita Springs Fire Station. The conversation focused on first responder funding that often overlooks firefighters, as well as ways to improve communication at all level of government during emergency situations. Firefighters often find themselves on the front line of crisis situations and will play a crucial role in the response to any future terrorist action.
Congressman Jindal specifically announced the beginning of the fiscal year 2005 application period for the SAFER Firefighter Hiring grant program, which provides financial assistance to local fire departments for the purpose of hiring additional, front line firefighters, and, to support recruitment and retention programs aimed at the volunteer fire service.
"The men and women, who have chosen to risk their lives fighting fires and protecting us all, truly are Louisiana's bravest," Jindal continued. "Serving on the House Homeland Security Committee, I hear stories of the heroism and valor that are common place from firefighters. We owe it to them to make sure we are doing everything possible in support of their efforts, even as they do so much to support us."
The firefighter "Open Door" session was attended by about 50 people, running well beyond its scheduled one hour duration.