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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Keene Fire Department has been awarded $30,806 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Fire Prevention and Safety. 

"Our firefighters and first responders deserve the best training and equipment we can offer," said Shaheen.  "These brave firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and we must ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively."

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.

Fire Prevention and Safety grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.  The primary goal is to target high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death.

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