Comstock Announces Firefighting Grant to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department receiving an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) award of $429,705 from FEMA. Congresswoman Comstock’s legislation that authorized the AFG grant program for 7 years, H.R. 4661, passed the House and was signed into law in January.
“On May 2nd, when the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department battled three working fires in a four hour timeframe, it was just one example of our men and women in the fire service putting their lives on the line for our community. The approximately 1,400 professional and 370 volunteer firefighters who serve Fairfax County 365 days a year 24 hours a day responded to over 97,000 emergency incidents in FY 2016 alone. That is why it is so critical that these men and women have the proper training and most up-to-date tools and resources to be prepared to meet the needs of the dynamic Fairfax County community. This nearly half a million dollar federal grant will help Fairfax County modernize their frontline firefighting services that have helped thousands of Northern Virginia residents. Assistance to Firefighters Grants provide the needed tools and training to our local firefighters and I am pleased to see my legislation that passed earlier this year having such an immediate impact right here in Fairfax County.”
For information on Congresswoman Comstock’s legislation that was signed into law to Reauthorize U.S. Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Programs go here.