Missouri 18th on List of Federal Fire Grants

OCTOBER 31, 2006 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON - Missouri received more than $14 million in federal fire-fighting grants from the Homeland Security Department last year.

The state ranked 18th nationally in the amount of money from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Homeland Security officials say the firefighting grants are aimed at building basic capabilities at local departments.  The program was developed before the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The program lets local departments apply for money to be used on clothing, tools, training equipment, vehicles and other needs.

Pennsylvania received more than any other state, at more than $41 million.

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