Grant workshop to benefit Maine fire departments

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Grant workshop to benefit Maine fire departments

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    Grant workshops designed to assist fire departments in applying for federal funds are scheduled at three locations throughout Maine this week.

    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has announced that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) workshops at four sites in the state. The workshops will help Maine fire departments best apply for the Department of Homeland Security’s AFG program. So far, in calendar year 2012, fire departments across Maine have received more than $2 million.

    “The AFG program is an extremely critical source of funds for our fire and rescue personnel,” said Collins. “These grants continually help provide Maine’s critical first responders with the equipment and skills to better serve their communities. These upcoming workshops will help provide valuable information to assist in the application process for these grants.”

    Congressman Mike Michaud will sponsor the three events aimed at helping fire departments navigate the process for obtaining AFG funding. Specialists from FEMA, which administers the grant program, will be on hand to provide help with the application process.

    “Assistance to Firefighter Grants help provide critical resources to help first responders keep Mainers safe,” sad Michaud. “In this time of tightening municipal resources, this workshop will help fire departments gain access to the resources they need to protect our towns and cities.”

    The final workshop of three will be held at noon on June 1 at the Presque Isle Fire Department on North Street. Each workshop is about two hours long. Registration is not necessary but is encouraged to ensure facilitators have adequate materials for all participants.

    Those planning on attending should RSVP by phone to Christopher Winstead at 942-6935 or e-mail