November 3, 2005
Press Release

Walden announces financial investment of more than $48,000 to city for assistance with operations and firefighter safety

November 3, 2005 - Washington, D.C. -
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that a $48,141 investment from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) has been made in the City of Milton-Freewater Fire Department to support general operations and safety programs.  The Fire Department serves individuals throughout a 325-square mile region.
“This award is a testament to the hard working individuals at the Milton-Freewater Fire Department,” said Walden, who chairs the House Forests and Forest Health Subcommittee.  “Fire can be such a devastating occurrence; ensuring that these brave firefighters have the resources, training and equipment necessary is paramount.  Their dedication keeps people, communities and our environment safe.  I appreciate the continued commitment to Umatilla County shown by President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff through this investment.”
“This grant award will give the City of Milton-Freewater Fire Department a substantial leap ahead in much-needed equipment, which would have taken many years to purchase without this grant. I would like to give thanks on behalf of the whole department,” said Shane Garner, City of Milton-Freewater Fire Department Fire Chief.
The AFGP awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the services they deliver to local communities.  Grantees submit applications for the Operations and Fire Safety Program, Fire Prevention Program or Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program.  Peer review panels score applications, and awards are based on financial need and the articulation of benefits to be derived from the funds.
“This investment was an excellent choice by the AFGP,” continued Walden.  “They clearly recognize the importance of strong firefighting operations in rural Oregon.”