Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced today that the Center Point Fire Department received a $284,532 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Fiscal Year 2015. The department's applications competed against thousands through a peer review process for a portion of federal funding.
"The men and women in our fire departments put their lives on the line to ensure our families and loved ones' safety," said Congressman Palmer. "This grant will allow the Center Point Fire Department to strengthen their ability to safely respond to fires and other related hazards. I am proud to support all of our first responders and the work they do."
Fire Chief Donnie West said this grant will be used to purchase self-contained breathing equipment for each fire/medical apparatus. These specialized self-contained breathing devices allow firefighters to enter smoke filled environments for conducting search and rescue efforts. In addition, these devices will also assist in reducing exposure to carcinogens while firefighters are actively extinguishing various types of fires.
Funds awarded under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant 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.