April 27, 2010                            


Governor Rell: Federal Grants Available For Local Firefighter Training, Euipment

           Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that $390 million in federal grants is now available for local fire departments and paramedics to help pay for training and new equipment and vehicles. 

The Governor said the state Commission on Fire Control and Prevention has begun notifying the local departments of the application process and deadlines of the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

“These funds will allow our first-responders to obtain critically needed equipment and emergency vehicles to keep their communities safe,” the Governor said. “There is nearly $390 million in grants available nationwide and I encourage Connecticut departments to evaluate their needs and apply. They can enhance operations and training without burdening local taxpayers.”

The AFG grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are available to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. The grant program began in 2001 to help firefighters and first responders obtain equipment, protective gear, training and other resources needed to protect the public.

Connecticut fire department can obtain more information by calling AFG assistance toll-free at 1-866-274-0960 or visiting