Rep. Rice Announces Nearly $100,000 in Federal Grant Funding for Long Beach Fire Department
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $98,181 in federal grant funding to purchase new, life-saving equipment for their ambulances. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments for projects that enhance public health and safety as well as the health and safety of emergency response personnel. The Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase new defibrillators for their ambulances.
"Local firefighters are our first line of defense, and this funding will allow the Long Beach Fire department to invest in the life-saving equipment they need to do their job to the best of their ability,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “I’m very pleased that this grant will provide funding for new defibrillators, and I’ll keep working to ensure all our local first responders have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.”
“I would like to thank the Congresswoman for helping us obtain the funding for this lifesaving equipment that will benefit the residents of the City of Long Beach,” said Scott Kemins, Commissioner of the Long Beach Fire Department.