Daines Announces $347,000 for Firefighting Efforts

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the City of Bozeman Fire Department was awarded $53,346 for personal protective safety equipment to help combat wildfires and Miles City was awarded $294,054 for vehicle acquisition.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. 

“Firefighters are fighting devastating fires across much of Montana and every extra dollars helps,”Daines stated. “I’m thrilled to be announcing additional funding to improve firefighters ability to serve Montanans.”

The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is overseen by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program.