Madison Fire Dept. receives First Responder grant

Congressman John M. McHugh announced today that he has secured an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the Madison Fire Company. The federal grant award from the Department of Homeland Security under the AFG program totals $36,290.

"I am a strong supporter of these grants because I know the value this additional funding brings to the local departments, enabling them to more effectively and safely respond to public safety threats. Having helped found the AFG program in 2000, I am very pleased that the Department of Homeland Security selected the Madison Fire Company as the recipient of this important grant opportunity," Congressman McHugh said. "I applaud and thank the Madison firefighters for all they do to make our local communities safer places to live."

"This grant announcement is very exciting news for a small fire department like Madison, and I am appreciative of Congressman McHugh's support of this program and our department," Barbara Clark, Mayor of the Village of Madison said.

The Madison Fire Company will receive $36,290 under the operations and safety-funding program. Congressman McHugh worked in Congress to pass the legislation that created the grant program in 2000, and strongly supports all fire departments in the 23rd Congressional District of New York who apply for funding under the AFG program. The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is designed to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards. The purpose of the FY 2008 AFG is to award grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations.

For more information on the grant program, visit firegrantsupport.com.

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