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Wicker, Hyde-Smith announce $1.8 million for Mississippi fire departments

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(Credit: City of Biloxi)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), on Friday, praised the award of more than $1.8 million in grants for eight fire safety improvement projects in Mississippi.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program will be awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“Our local firefighters are on the front lines when it comes to keeping Mississippians safe,” Wicker said. “These AFG grants will enhance their response capabilities and improve safety, enabling firefighters to protect the public more effectively.”

“Firefighters require proper equipment to keep Mississippians safe. These FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants will allow these departments to acquire the equipment and training necessary to improve their public safety responsibilities,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. “I am thankful for this substantial round of funding and look forward to additional grants being awarded to more Mississippi fire departments.”

The $1,837,801 in FY2020 AFG Program funds will support the following projects:

  • City of Biloxi, Harrison County – $808,518 for firefighter mental health and wellness programs and to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses
  • Itawamba County – $713,045 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses for volunteer fire departments in the county
  • Tri Community Volunteer Fire Department, Marion County – $111,000 to purchase two thermal imaging cameras, self-contained breathing apparatuses, and additional face pieces
  • Walthall Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Walthall County – $50,476 to replace Personal Protective Equipment
  • City of Iuka, Tishomingo County – $48,619 to purchase extrication equipment
  • Puckett Vol Fire Department, Rankin County – $47,571 to purchase jaws of life equipment
  • City of New Hebron, Lawrence County – $41,428 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses
  • Walters Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Rankin County – $17,142 to purchase two thermal imaging cameras

These awards are part of Round Four of the competitive FY2020 AFG announcements.

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