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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) is encouraging local fire departments throughout southern and eastern Kentucky to apply for a new competitive grant program to assist in firehouse construction and renovation. Through the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this grant program will provide financial assistance directly to fire departments to build or modify existing fire stations. These enhancements will improve response capability and protect the community they serve from fire and fire-related hazards.

“Times are tough and local government budgets are tight, but this is one of the few opportunities our rural fire fighters throughout Kentucky have this year to update and repair their firehouses,” said Rogers. “Firefighters are our first responders to the scene of a car accident, wildfire, or chemical spill, and adequate fire facilities improve morale and encourage others to volunteer and serve our region. I want to encourage all of our fire chiefs to try and take full advantage of this unique opportunity.”

An application and information about the fire grant program may be obtained by visiting the DHS website at Information and assistance can also be obtained by calling 1.866-274-0960 or email The deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5:00 PM EST.

Rogers works to provide funding for important firefighter grant programs in his role as a senior member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.