WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As part of his ongoing effort to support Iowa's first responders, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced on December 4th that the Cherokee Fire Department has received $54,630 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
"Communities of all sizes depend on Iowa's firefighters to protect our families and property during an emergency," said Harkin. "We can thank these brave firefighters for their service by ensuring they have access to the very best equipment, facilities, and training. This funding will help provide Cherokee firefighters with the resources they need to keep Iowans safe."
The AFG Program helps Iowa communities purchase firefighting equipment, improve facilities, and implement health and wellness programs. Fire departments can submit proposals to receive funds for new fire trucks, hoses, protective equipment, rescue vehicles, and training for emergency personnel.
Although the program assists rural, urban, and suburban fire departments throughout the United States, it places a particular emphasis on rural fire departments. At least 55 percent of the program's funding must go to fire departments that use volunteer firefighters, which ensures that small towns do not have to compete with large cities for funding.