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Walden Announces Homeland Security Investment for Fire Prevention Efforts in Grants Pass

Location: Washington, DC

Walden Announces Homeland Security Investment for Fire Prevention Efforts in Grants Pass

City receives financial investment of more than $21,000 for fire prevention education, training

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that a $21,676 investment from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) will be made in the City of Grants Pass to support fire prevention programs.

"Investing in fire prevention efforts is crucial to protecting people, homes, businesses and the environment from destruction that can be caused by fire. These funds will help the City of Grants Pass educate young people on the dangers of fire and how they can help prevent fire from occurring, which will go a long way toward protecting the kids, their families and the community," said Walden. "I congratulate the City on this news and appreciate the continued commitment to southern Oregon shown by President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff through this investment."

Upon hearing the news, Kelly Hickman, the city's Fire Prevention Program Office Assistant, said, "This is great news, and we are excited that we got the full funding. We will use these funds to purchase much-needed fire prevention training materials to use in local elementary schools."

The AFGP awards one-year grants to support services delivered to local communities. Grantees submit applications for the Operations and Fire Safety Program, Fire Prevention Program or Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program. Peer review panels score applications, and awards are based on financial need and the articulation of benefits to be derived from the funds.

"This investment was an excellent choice," added Walden. "They clearly recognize the importance of strong fire prevention programs, especially those which educate our children."

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