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Local fire departments get help

With tight budgets and never enough money to do all the things we’d like to do, it is always a wonderful surprise to get a gift that will help ends meet.
Last week was a great week for both the Ennis and Telico fire departments. Between them, they received more than a quarter of a million dollars as part of a firefighter’s grant program.
Ennis was given $62,814 and Telico got more than $204,000
In a ceremony that marked the beginning of the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) awards, a host of dignitaries, local officials and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned out for the presentation that took place at Ennis Fire Station #2 Friday.
“These departments have put in a lot of hard work,” said Brad Cole, of FEMA, at the ceremony. “The fire service is one of our first lines of defense in most emergency situations, whether it be natural or man made disasters. FEMA is critically aware of the service you provide.”
Ennis will use its grant money to purchase 26 sets of turnout gear to protect every firefighter. Telico firefighters say they are going to buy a new truck with the money they received.
Ennis and Telico are just two of several departments that received nearly $1.5 million through the FEMA assistance program. FEMA released $1,492,741 in AFG to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in the state of Texas. Nationally, the AFG awards will be distributed in phases and provide more than $490 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is a really terrific program that has been instrumental in building capacity and providing needed resources for firefighters everywhere. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first-responder health and safety programs and buy equipment and response vehicles. AFG also supports regional projects in which multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction benefit directly from activities implemented with grant funds.
The AFG program has helped improve response capabilities and saved lives and property in communities throughout the United States and we are delighted to learn our local residents will benefit from their generosity.
Congratulations one and all.

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