The Austin Fire Department is getting $202,080 from FEMA as part of the 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety Program, an initiative included in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (Program.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who was instrumental in the grant award to AFD, said, “Austin firefighters are on the frontlines of keeping our families safe and it is up to us to protect these protectors,” said Rep. Doggett. “That begins with providing them with the training, equipment, and resources they need to do their jobs effectively and keep Austin families safe.
The grant dollars will be used to support the Department’s community outreach efforts as they relate to education, preparedness and prevention of fire- and life-safety issues in Austin, including AFD’s initiative to install working smoke alarms in every home throughout the city. AFD will be seeking City Council’s official approval to accept the grant sometime in August.
AFD’s Michelle Tanzola says some of that money will go toward providing free smoke alarms to people in Austin. She says if you need an alarm to call the department at 512-974-0299.