Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Darren Soto announced today (Sep. 25, 2017) that the City of St. Cloud’s Fire Rescue Department will receive a $38,826 grant to enhance their response capabilities and more effectively protect the health and safety of Central Florida residents. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is a program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
“Firefighters are essential to the safety of our community. I am proud to announce that the City of St. Cloud’s Fire Rescue Department will receive nearly $38,000 from FEMA to strengthen its operations and safety projects. These funds help ensure our brave firefighters are well-equipped to get the job done, keeping our residents safe,” said Congressman Soto.
Funds for the AFG program are intended to directly support local fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies. For the City of St. Cloud, the funds will support professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, and supplies that support firefighting and safety.
Rep. Soto has made it a priority to increase grants awarded to agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations, especially those whose work benefit Florida’s ninth district. Soto’s office has a staffer dedicated to identifying grants and working with members of the community navigate the federal grants process.
All constituents are encouraged to contact Rep. Soto’s office for assistance with grant submissions. Visit soto.house.gov/services/grant-applicants for more information.