The Huntington Fire District received a $175,900 Assistance To Firefighters Grant (A.F.G.) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The award supports specialized equipment to enhance first responder safety. The money awarded to the Huntington Fire Department will be used for new personal protective equipment with upgraded safety features to replace coats, pants and hoods for firefighters whose current gear is worn and outdated. Also, 38 sets of selfcontained breathing apparatus with state-of-the-art safety features will replace obsolete equipment.
The Huntington Fire District is especially proud of this award because the number and amounts of 2009 grants were significantly reduced due to the economic downturn. Since 2002, AFG has provided over $3.6 billion in grants to fire departments and first responder organizations. AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: The Grants Program Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.