DHS introduces Fire Station Construction Grants to support first emergency responders
America's firefighters play a critical role in disaster prevention and response.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced more than $11.9 million in Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - designed to support the nation's first responders while creating jobs and stimulating local economies.
"America's firefighters play a critical role in disaster prevention and response," said Secretary Napolitano. "These Recovery Act-funded fire station construction projects and upgrades will strengthen community preparedness and the nation's emergency response capabilities."
The three Fire Station Construction Grants announced were selected through a competitive peer review process based on need to build new or modify existing fire stations to enhance response capabilities and protect communities from fire-related hazards. These grants will replace unsafe or uninhabitable structures and expand fire protection coverage in compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards.
The additional grants announced are a result of a reduction in management and administrative costs. Secretary Napolitano announced 96 SCG grants totaling $166 million in September 2009 and 14 grants totaling $23 million in February 2010.
ARRA, signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009, provided more than $3 billion to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and General Services Administration (GSA) in support of homeland security programs.
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