Information Bulletin Number 0707068

DHS awards over $2 million to prevent fire death and injury

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday, June 22, the sixth round of Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, awarding 12 grants totaling over $2 million to fire departments and fire prevention organizations throughout the United States.

Under the FY 2006 program, FP&S will award approximately 300 awards totaling $27 million to fire departments and other eligible organizations to reduce losses from fire and fire-related hazards. FP&S projects focus on preventing fire-related injuries to children, seniors, firefighters, and other high-risk groups. FP&S also supports innovative fire prevention solutions and research on improving firefighter health and safety.

"Every year, fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined," said FEMA Administrator David Paulison.

"These grants support critical efforts to protect the public and firefighters from death or injury due to fires that could be prevented."