Congressman Ted Poe gladly announces that the City of Beaumont Fire Department is the latest local agency to receive a grant from the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

These grants will provide direct assistance to thousands of fire departments throughout the country. Both local agencies will use these funds for Operation and Safety resources. Under the DHS Grant, the City of Beaumont Fire Department was awarded $960,000.00.

In the days following Hurricane Rita we saw all to well the need to have our first responders properly equipped, said Congressman Poe. These grants are essential to enhancing the performance of these life saving professionals and will be a much needed boost as the recovery efforts throughout southeast Texas continue.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments to purchase firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs, and conduct fire education and prevention programs throughout the United States.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants ensures that the nations firefighters continue to have the basic capability they require to do their jobs, improve safety and save lives said David Paulison, Acting Undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security's Emergency Preparedness and Response.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Departments United States Fire Administration.

For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, please visit the Program Website at, or contact the Grants Program Office at 1-866-274-0960. For more information on USFA, please visit the Website at