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Palmer Announces Fire Department Grant to be Shared by Center Point, Trussville, Springville, and Fultondale

August 20, 2018
Press Release

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Elizabeth Hance (202) 225-4921

 

Palmer Announces Fire Department Grant to be Shared by Center Point, Trussville, Springville, and Fultondale

Washington, DC – Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) that will be shared by Center Point Fire, Trussville Fire, Springville Fire, and Fultondale Fire. The grant is for $364,003 and will be used to purchase and implement the Polycom system, which will allow for the delivery of distance training and education.

These departments’ applications competed against thousands through a peer review process for a portion of federal funding.

“The men and women in our fire departments put their lives on the line to ensure our families’ and loved ones’ safety,” said Congressman Palmer. “This grant will allow these fire departments to strengthen their ability to safely respond to fires and other related hazards. I am proud to support all of our first responders and the work they do.”

With the new Polycom system, Center Point Fire, Trussville Fire, Springville Fire, and Fultondale Fire will be able to collaborate in real time on fire and EMS training without taking personnel and units out of their coverage areas. Not only will this system allow for distance collaboration between organizations, but it will also facilitate meetings within each organization without moving personnel. The system is also compatible with the current technology being utilized by the Alabama Fire College, which will facilitate the completion of the AFC certification courses.

Funds awarded under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program are used to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations.  Only the applications most closely conforming to program priorities are considered and scored by peer review panels. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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