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Mount Oliver fire company gets federal grant


November 16, 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will award a federal Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) to a local firefighting organization.

The Mount Oliver Hook and Ladder Company will receive $72,000 under the AFG program. Mount Oliver will use the grant funding to purchase approximately 15 new sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

‚ÄúBecause we use a number of different types of SCBAs now, this grant will allow us to standardize all our SCBA. It will help out immensely from a training and familiarization perspective,‚ÄĚ said Jim Eaborn, the Mount Oliver firefighter who wrote the company's grant.

The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Award program was established as part of the Fiscal year 2002 Defense Department authorization bill. Under this law, the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness makes grants directly to local fire departments so they can increase their effectiveness at fight fires, improve firefighters' health and safety, and establish or expand fire prevention and safety programs. This year, $750 million is available for the program.

As part of the application process, applicants must demonstrate financial need and describe the benefits that would be produced by the grant funding requested. Grantees must share in the cost of the funded project.


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