12.08.09

Vermont Receives $10.45 Million In New First-Responder Grants

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Dec. 8) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced $10.45 million in new first-responder grants to Vermont.  The grants will be used to address the planning, equipment, training and exercise needs of first responders across the state.
 
The new funding includes $6.6 million through the State Homeland Security Grant Program that Leahy authored in 2001.  Leahy’s all-state minimum funding formula, modified in recent years, ensures that smaller states like Vermont are able to participate in the program, and it has brought nearly $100 million in grants to Vermont’s first responders since 2002.  
 
Leahy said, “Our first responders are a community’s lifeline in an emergency.  We count on them being ready at a moment’s notice, and they should be able to count on support like this for the resources they need to answer the call.  This is an investment in Vermont’s readiness.”
 
“In the midst of the financial crisis that we are facing, our capability to support local first responders is under great stress,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said.  “This federal support will go a long way in helping Vermont communities.”

Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said, “This funding is a critical investment in Vermont’s first-responders, the backbone of every community in the state. By supporting first-responders with enhanced training, equipment and planning support, we will make our communities safer.”
 
Fiscal Year 2010 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grants Released to Vermont:

  • State Homeland Security Grant Program -- $6,613,200
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant Program -- $2,871,902
  • Driver’s License Security Grant Program -- $600,000
  • Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program -- $257,000
  • Citizen Corps Program -- $108,684

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