Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced today that the Helena Fire Department received an Assistance to Firefighters grant for $176,191 from the Department of Homeland Security. The department's application competed against thousands through a peer review process for a portion of federal funding.
"The grant will allow us to purchase a new rescue truck that will advance our special operations and emergency medical capabilities in the event of inclement weather, disaster or mass casualty incident," Helena Fire Chief John Wilder said. "We would like to thank U.S. Representative Palmer for his support of this beneficial grant."
"I am grateful for the efforts of the Helena Fire Department," Palmer said. "I am pleased they were successful in this competitive grant process. I know this grant will be used to strengthen the overall level of preparedness and enhance their ability to respond to fire and related emergency situations."
Funds awarded under the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) program are used to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. Only the applications most closely conforming to program priorities are considered and scored by peer review panels.
The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.