Henderson Fire and Rescue awarded $600,000 grant for Sibley County radio project

Apr 24, 2013


(WASHINGTON DC) – U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced that Henderson Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded $603,638  for operations and safety from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"These grants are critical to departments like Henderson Fire and Rescue, and I'm happy to see them get these funds for such an important project," Peterson said. "I'm thankful for all the volunteer firefighters and first-responders who are so critical to all our rural communities."

The grant will be used to purchase communications equipment for emergency responders throughout Sibley County, including law enforcement, hospitals and public works departments, according to Tom Phillips, who has worked on the project since 2007.

"We are just really grateful for the work of Representative Peterson and his staff to see this project through," Phillips said.

Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5.25 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

The purpose of the AFG is to award grants directly to fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS) that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is overseen by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program.

Operations and Safety Grant projects funded include professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.