Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today that the Montrose Rural Fire Protection District in Montrose County has won a $382,051 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance emergency preparedness for firefighting efforts in Western Colorado. The grant, which comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, will be used to purchase firefighting supplies and personal protective equipment.
“Coloradans know weather throughout the state can change quickly, and the persistent dry conditions have firefighters preparing for another potentially devastating fire season,” Bennet said. “This grant will help provide necessary tools for Montrose to combat wildfires, local fires and other emergencies. Coloradans and firefighters alike must take every precaution to reduce the risk of more devastating fires.”
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations, such as critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.