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Washington D.C. - The Ryan Park Volunteer Fire Department, in Saratoga is set to receive federal assistance to help fund the resources needed to protect the surrounding community, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

The Ryan Park Volunteer Fire Department will receive $28,124 to help fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, purchase personal protection equipment, and modify fire stations and facilities.

The federal funding is from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) under the United States Fire Administration of the Department of Homeland Security. The grant program is designed to help fire departments fund the purchase of firefighting equipment, fund health, safety, education and prevention programs, and enhance emergency medical services.

"Local firefighters are there for a community when they need it the most," said Enzi. "This funding is available to help make sure firefighters have the necessary safety training when disaster strikes a community."

AFGP awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support firefighters and the services they provide. The fiscal year 2004 round of grants will total $750 million allocated to fire departments across the nation.

A current list of award recipients and dates announced is posted at www.usfa.fema.gov. A complete list of applications, financial information and state fire department data is available at www.firegrantsupport.com. Fire departments with questions regarding the grant program can reach the fire grants help desk 1-866-274-0960, or by writing to firegrants@dhs.gov.

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