Rep. Green announces FEMA Grant Awarded to Jacinto City Fire Department
February 10, 2009
Washington, DC - Rep. Gene Green announced that the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Harris County Emergency Service District #6 an Operations and Safety grant for over three-quarters of a million dollars.
The $792,320 award is part of the department’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. AFG’s are a component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, the program has provided a total of almost $2.75 billion to first-responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.
“It takes commitment and hard work to make the system work right and save lives. Americans depend on first responders and their quick action when they have an emergency,” said Rep. Green. “I am honored that Harris County Emergency Service District #6 was recognized by FEMA for their exemplary service.”
The Operations and Safety Program Grant will allow Harris County Emergency Service District #6 to use the funds for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.
“This grant will allow Lon Squyres, Fire Chief of the Jacinto City Fire Department, and his team of paid and volunteer fire fighters to continue to train, purchase state of the art equipment, and provide Jacinto City and Harris County with excellent emergency services,” added Green.
Representative Green was a strong advocate of the 2004 SAFER Firefighters Act. Passed by Congress in 2003, the SAFER ACT enables more fire departments to operate with safe staffing levels. In 2004, Rep. Green was awarded the Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Award for his work on behalf of Firefighters and first responders.
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