Miss. Senators Praise AFG Program Awards to Support Fire Safety Upgrades for Five Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today praised the award of $795,504 for fire safety projects in five Mississippi communities.

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

“Mississippi’s firefighters – many of them volunteers – work hard to keep our communities safe,” Wicker said.  “This latest round of grants will help ensure more fire departments across the state have the resources to continue doing their jobs and protecting the public.”

“In order for our firefighters to carry out their life-saving jobs, they need up-to-date equipment, vehicles, protective gear, and training.  These FEMA grants will help them to obtain such critically needed resources to enhance public safety,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I’m thankful for this round of funding, and would encourage more Mississippi fire departments to apply for these competitive grants.”

The $795,504 in FY2020 AFG Program funds will support the following projects:

  • South Tishomingo County Volunteer Fire Department, Tishomingo County – $529,857.14 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses
  • Glade Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., Jones County – $84,190.48 to purchase personal protective equipment 
  • Runnelstown Volunteer Fire Department, Forrest County – $75,123.81 to purchase radios and personal protective equipment 
  • City of Guntown, Lee County – $70,952.38 to purchase personal protective equipment 
  • City of Blue Mountain, Walthall County – $35,380.95 to purchase equipment for brush trucks 

These awards are part of Round Six of the competitive FY 2020 AFG announcements.