The Gisela Valley Fire Department is $25,749 richer.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recently announced the release of 517 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program awards totaling $31,067,253 and Gisela's tiny, all-volunteer firefighting unit is among them.
"We couldn't be happier," said Gisela Fire Chief Ed Tremblay, who learned of the Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety windfall two weeks ago. "This is going to go a long way in helping us obtain the equipment we've been needing for a long time now."
Other Arizona fire departments receiving awards are the Skull Valley and Congress fire departments.
As of the end of the 2002 fiscal year, FEMA and USFA have awarded more than $170 million to 2,756 fire departments throughout the United States as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
"The men and women of the nation's fire departments face many emergency response challenges," FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. "These firefighters, and the citizens they serve, need to know this nation is committed to their safety and their ability to effectively respond to these challenges."
More than 19,500 fire departments applied for Assistance to Firefighters grants.
In addition to the $150 million already awarded, FEMA will distribute another $210 million through grants before the end of calendar year 2002, far exceeding the total amount of last year's awards.