March 08, 2005

Crapo Calls Latest Round Of Grants â??Timelyâ??

Seven more Idaho communities to receive fire funds

ashington, DC â??Seven more Idaho communities are in line to receive fire grants under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??These grants are especially timely in light of the terrible and deadly fires burning in Idaho today,â?? said Crapo. â??The communities of Orofino, Eagle, Marsing, Elba, Salmon, Wendell, and Pocatello will be equipped to enhance their operations and safety budget to the benefit of their residents.â??According to the Department of Homeland Security, the following grants are awarded:? Orofino Volunteer Fire Department will receive $35,100? Eagle Fire Protection District will receive $159,921? Marsing Rural Fire District will receive $35,605? ACE Fire Protection Association will receive $18,000? Lemhi County Fire Protection District I will receive $13,860 ? Wendell Rural Fire Protection District will receive $34,200 ? Pocatello Fire Department will receive $660,800 â??The additional fiscal tools provided by these grants are invaluable to our fire districts,â?? noted Crapo. â??These ongoing awards enable departments nationwide to increase the effectiveness of firefighting efforts, as well as augment EMS and fire prevention programs.â?? The districts applied and received grants under the Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety program area of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. There are three other program areas supported in addition to the Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, including the Fire Prevention Program, the Emergency Medical Services Program, and the Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program. Applicants were required to demonstrate financial need, and outline the benefits that would be gained if given the money. Grantees who serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a cost-share of 10 percent, and grantees serving jurisdictions of more then 50,000 must provide a 30 percent cost-share. # # #