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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Claremont Fire Department has been awarded $15,200 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for operations and safety.

"New Hampshire firefighters put their lives on the line every day to improve safety and save lives," said Shaheen.  "We need to make sure these brave men and women have the resources they need to stay safe on the job so that they can continue to protect and serve our communities."

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.

The Operations and Safety Program provides funding for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at