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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award the Hazard Fire Department $207,438 to upgrade all communications for the agency.

“Whether it’s responding to a traffic accident, a medical emergency, or a burning building, modern communications equipment is essential for our first responders to do their jobs effectively,” said Rogers. “This federal investment will go a long way towards increasing the safety of our brave fire fighters in the City of Hazard.”

The Hazard Fire Department plans to purchase new radio equipment for 24 vehicles, 26 fire fighters, along with new repeaters to comply with new regulations from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

The primary goal of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, these grants have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire-related hazards. This award is at the sole discretion of FEMA.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter at!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook at!/CongressmanHalRogers.