Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Visclosky Announces Grant Award for City of Hammond Fire Department

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant to the City of Hammond Fire Department under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The $621,164 grant award will be used to assist in the purchase of ninety-five self-contained breathing apparatuses, along with additional spare air cylinders, face pieces, and rapid intervention team emergency air kits.  The funding will also support training on how to use the equipment and fit testing for all personnel.  In addition to personal protective equipment, FEMA’s AFG program generally awards grants to support professional training, equipment for wellness and fitness programs, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. 

Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I congratulate Mayor McDermott and Fire Chief Smith for successfully identifying and obtaining this federal grant.  Our brave firefighters are an indispensable asset to our communities and I am pleased that this grant will further improve the ability of the City of Hammond to save lives and keep residents and businesses safe and secure.”

City of Hammond Fire Department Chief Jeffery C. Smith stated, “I would like to thank all those involved who assisted us in obtaining this grant.  With the assistance of this grant, our firefighters will have the most up-to-date breathing apparatus available.  Their protection and safety while fighting fires is our utmost priority.”

For additional information on FEMA’s AFG program, click here.