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Washington, D.C. – Yoder is set to receive federal funding to better prepare its fire department in areas of firefighter safety and fire operations, according to U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

The Yoder Fire Protection District will receive $225,000 in federal funding to purchase a firefighting vehicle. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to help provide funding for fire operations and safety, fire prevention, emergency medical services, and firefighting vehicle acquisition.

"Well equipped local fire departments are very important in Wyoming for preventing loss of life and property," said Enzi. "This grant money will help ensure the Yoder Fire Protection District is prepared in the unfortunate event of a fire emergency."

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments to enhance their abilities to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in their communities. For fiscal year 2003, the Department of Homeland Security is distributing $750 million nationwide in firefighter grants. This is up from $360 million in fiscal year 2002.

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-federal cost-share of 10 percent, while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share.

A complete state-by-state listing of applications, financial information and known data from the fire service requests can be found at .

Fire departments with questions regarding the grant program can reach the Emergency Preparedness and Response Grant Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or by writing to