WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) announced today that the Burlington Fire Department and the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department both received grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of their Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Details of the grants are below.
“Our firefighters and first responders stand ready to serve us the moment disaster strikes,” said Loebsack. “This funding will ensure the Burlington Fire Department and the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department have the equipment necessary to keep our firefighters safe, while responding quickly to emergencies and keeping families out of harm’s way.”
The AFG program allows our first responders to purchase firefighting equipment, implement wellness programs that focus on health, and improve facilities. Funds can be used for a myriad of needs, including new protective equipment, health and safety modifications to stations and training for emergency personnel.
This round of AFG includes area grants to Burlington Fire Department for $287,727.27 and Houghton Volunteer Fire Department for $56,808.57