On Tuesday, I joined Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend, Richardson Fire Chief Alan Palomba and members of the Richardson Fire Department and City Council to announce a $340,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for the Richardson Fire Department. The funds were provided from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
The AFG awards are administered through the Grant Programs Directorate of FEMA in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The funds are distributed in phases throughout the year and provide approximately $380 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations across the country. AFG has given approximately $5 billion in grants to fire departments and first responder organizations since 2001 to go towards the purchase of protective equipment and clothing, transportation, and other necessary resources for public protection from fire and related dangers.
I was honored to present this important grant to the Richardson Fire Department, which provides an essential and much-appreciated service for the people of the 32nd Congressional District. The funds awarded by FEMA will aid the department's continued success of protecting citizens and saving lives. To learn more about the Fire Department, please visit http://www.cor.gov. To read more about AFG and FEMA, visit http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/.