Vermillion Fire Department receives homeland security grant

Vermillion Fire Department receives homeland security grant In March 2005, the South Dakota Fire Marshal's Office announced that�South Dakota�fire departments and non-fire related emergency medical service organizations should apply for Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

Today, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety announced that�South Dako-ta will receive $1,773,636 in the first round of the Fiscal Year 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grants.

This first round of grants will help local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations purchase or receive training, first responder health and safety programs, equipment and response vehicles.

�South Dakota�has received more than $15.7 million since the program began in 2001,� said state Fire Marshal Al Christie. �The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program helps�South Dako-ta�s rural and urban fire departments and ambulance services increase our firefighting effectiveness and emergency response operations. Local first responders now have an opportunity to improve their health and safety programs by purchasing personal protective equipment, emergency response vehicles, communication equipment and fire prevention resources,� Christie said.�

The AFGP is awarded directly to the local communities and includes grants to the fire departments and emergency medical services organization.

The Vermillion Fire Department received $22,059 for operations and safety.

The AFGP is administered by the�United�States Department of Homeland Security�s Office for State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness in cooperation with the Department�s United States Fire Administration.

Visit�http://www.firegrantsupport.com/�for more information about the�Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

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