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Placer Hills fire receives $400,000 grant

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Placer Hills Fire is a little more than $400,000 the better thanks to a state grant. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $416,700 to Placer Hills Fire Protection District as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program to local fire departments and organizations in the state. The agency is granting a total of a little more than $1 million statewide to other state fire crews. “Since 2001, the fire departments of this nation have been using these much needed funds to better serve their communities,” said Acting Regional Administrator Karen Armes. “Today’s firefighters face numerous challenges as they work to prevent and respond to fires in their communities. These AFG funds have a direct impact on the safety of both residents and firefighters throughout the nation.” This week’s round of the national Assistance to Firefighters Grants amounts to $16,825,810 and included the grant to Placer Hills. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles. The grant program is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the Grant Programs Directorate and the United States Fire Administration. The full list of past and current recipients and other Assistance to Firefighter Grant program information is posted on the AFG Web site at www.firegrantsupport.com. -Staff report