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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE March 27, 2001

Congressman Robert A. Underwood today said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is launching a new competitive grant program that will make $100 million directly available to fire departments around the country, including the territories.

The program will provide grant funds in six categories: training, wellness/fitness, vehicles, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and fire prevention programs.

Departments are limited to apply only in two categories, and awards will be based on demonstrated financial need.

"There's no doubt that the Guam Fire Department already qualifies in terms of financial need, and I'm confident that they demonstrate their needs well enough to compete successfully for funding in any of the categories," the Congressman said, adding that even emergency medical services qualify, provided they function under the auspices of a fire department.

For Fiscal Year 2001, $5 million will be awarded.

Since applications must be received by May 2, Congressman Underwood has sent information about the program to Guam Fire Chief Ciriacao Sanchez.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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