June 25, 2020

Cárdenas Congratulates Los Angeles County on Federal Grant Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) congratulated the Los Angeles County Fire Department on being awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The grant in the amount of $227,386 was awarded to the county last week.

“I congratulate Los Angeles County on being awarded the AFG grant,” said Congressman Cárdenas. “In a state and district that is frequently devastated by wildfires, it is critical that our brave first responders have all the resources they need to protect themselves and our communities. This grant will be used to purchase protective gear and much-needed resources for our fire department. I congratulate LA County on their success in receiving this grant.”

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) is a supplemental funding opportunity under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). AFG is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The AFG-S Program accomplishes this by providing financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service (NAEMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critical Personal Protective Equipment and supplies needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The AFG-S Program represents part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the AFG-S Program supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.

Additional information regarding the AFG program can be found on FEMA’s website:    https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program


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