SOMERSET, Ky. -- Congressman Hal Rogers announced today the Ferguson Fire Department has been awarded nearly $200,000 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enhance local emergency operations and safety.
The grant will be used to purchase 28 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, 16 CPR mannequins, and a digital training library.
"This grant will go a long way to better prepare our first responders and to protect our volunteer firefighters as they bravely respond to emergency situations," said Congressman Rogers. "As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been a long-time advocate for federal funding to supplement small budgets for rural, volunteer fire departments. Southern and Eastern Kentucky is blessed to have thousands of volunteer first responders across our region and they deserve our utmost gratitude and support."
"We are grateful for this grant award. Without this funding, it would be nearly impossible to afford the vital training equipment and safety gear necessary for our firefighters. This equipment will improve our effectiveness during emergency situations in Pulaski County, while also keeping our volunteers safe," said Tim Ferrell, Ferguson Fire Chief.
The AFG Program will award approximately $315 million in competitive grants this year to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and other emergencies.