Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced today that the Verbena Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will receive an Assistance to Firefighters Operations and Safety grant for $69,715 from the Department of Homeland Security. The department's application competed against thousands through a peer review process for a portion of federal funding.
"I am pleased that the Verbena Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department was successful in this competitive grant process," Palmer said. "I know it will increase their preparedness to keep their community safe."
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.