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Union firefighters get $4747K grant through Landrieu

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced a $747,177 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Program (AFG) to support the Union Parish Emergency 911 Response Center.

The grant awarded today will provide the emergency response center with critical equipment, protective gear, training and other resources vital to protecting the public and personnel from hazards during a fire. Sen. Landrieu secured this funding as the author of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for FY14.

“Firefighters risk their lives every day to protect our friends, families and neighbors. During fires and emergencies, they deserve to have the best equipment to get the job done,” said Sen. Landrieu. “The quality of their response equipment can literally mean the difference between life or death. This grant will ensure firefighters in Union Parish will have the tools and training they need to keep their community safe.”

“I’m thrilled that we got approved for today’s grant. Our existing equipment is outdated and inefficient. With this new funding we will update our current equipment so we can provide faster and more efficient response times to emergency calls,” said Danny Smith, Union Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “I sincerely appreciate Sen. Landrieu and her team working closely with us on the grant process and their help and assistance in securing the funding.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration, administers this competitive grant program.

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