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Harkin Announces More than $56,000


January 21, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

U. S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Dike Fire Department received $56,810 from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"Iowa firefighters devote themselves to our communities and help protect our families without fear," said Harkin. "The Dike firefighters need resources to help them do their jobs effectively, and these grants will help them keep Iowans safe."

The AFG Program helps Iowa communities purchase firefighting equipment, improve facilities, and implement health and wellness programs. Fire departments can submit proposals to receive funds for new fire trucks, hoses, protective equipment, rescue vehicles, and training for emergency personnel.

Although AFG Program assists rural, urban, and suburban fire departments throughout the United States, it places a particular emphasis on rural fire departments. At least 55 percent of the program's funding must go to fire departments that use volunteer firefighters. This means that towns like Dike are not competing against larger cities. Additionally, the program allows smaller communities to contribute less in local funding. In today's economy, this makes it possible for small fire departments to take advantage of the program.



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