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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is pleased to announce that Sheridan area residents will soon have additional firefighting assistance.

The Sheridan Fire and Rescue Department grant application for fire operations and firefighter safety, submitted under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, has been approved.

The Sheridan Fire and Rescue Department will receive $12,834 in grant money, or 90 percent of the approved project cost of $14,260 to fund baseline physical evaluations for all firefighters and implementation of a wellness program. The remaining $1,426 or 10 percent of the cost will be shared by the town.

"Well-equipped local fire departments and healthy well-trained personnel are very important in Wyoming for preventing loss of life and property," said Enzi. "This grant money will help ensure that the Sheridan Fire Department performs up to the highest standard."

Earlier this year, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) accepted applications from career and state-recognized volunteer fire companies for grants that could be used for training, sponsoring education programs and purchasing and updating equipment.

Enzi sent a letter to paid and volunteer fire companies in Wyoming, as well as the Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety, that outlined information about the grants.

Nationally, more than 19,500 fire departments applied for grants this year, submitting requests totaling almost $2.2 billion. FEMA and the USFA plan to announce 5,500 grants, totaling $360 million. Other Wyoming fire departments may still be eligible to receive fire grants.

More information about the grants is available by visiting the USFA website (www.usfa.fema.gov/grants).



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