Six fire departments in Bemidji, Breckenridge and other Minnesota communities have received a total of $1.3 million in federal grants to purchase new vehicles and improve operations and safety, the stateâ€™s Democratic members of Congress announced Friday.
The funding, which comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, will go to the following Minnesota departments:
- Alden Volunteer Fire Department: $2,375
- Bemidji Fire Department: $45,518
- Blue Earth Fire and Rescue Department: $832,343
- Breckenridge Volunteer Fire Department: $167,747
- Bricelyn Fire and Ambulance: $31,825
- Orr Volunteer Fire Department: $219,688
In written statements, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz said the â€œcrucialâ€ grant awards will help make sure â€œour local heroes have the tools they need to do their job.â€
â€œMinnesotaâ€™s first responders are the best in the country and they deserve the best training and equipment money can buy,â€ Franken said.
Peterson said these fire departments and their volunteers are â€œa vital partâ€ of Minnesotansâ€™ public safety.
â€œThese funds will provide our emergency personnel with the important tools they need to do their jobs and ensure the safety of Minnesotans,â€ Klobuchar wrote.