County Fire Rescue awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) is happy to announce that it has been awarded an “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These federal grants enhance firefighter safety and operations. Alachua County will provide a 10% match to the $628,050 grant. 

The grant will be utilized to purchase and install air-evacuation systems at all the Alachua County Fire Stations. The system works by evacuating harmful exhaust emissions in the fire station bays. This grant is vital to ensure firefighter health and well-being and will be instrumental in the cancer prevention program. 

“I would like to thank Congresswoman Kat Cammack for her support of this grant and the Alachua County Board of Commissioners for their continued support of local public safety initiatives,” said Fire Chief Harold Theus.

“I’m so excited for our brave men and women at ACFR to have the equipment necessary to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively. Our first responders are heroes, and it’s imperative that we ensure they stay safe while serving our communities,” said Congresswoman Cammack.