March 18, 2009

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Town of Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $8,350 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) to help them recruit and retain firefighters.


“New Hampshire firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day,” said Shaheen. “These funds will help ensure that firefighters in Lincoln have the resources and staff they need to do their job 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; 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 goal of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.  Funding through the SAFER program can be used to hire firefighters or to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.


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

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