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Southern Maine Community College to receive funds for fire safety

SOUTH PORTLAND — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, recently announced that Southern Maine Community College will receive a $286,000 grant to assist fire prevention. The money is being allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Program, which is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

“The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is an extremely critical source of funds for our fire and rescue personnel,” said Collins. “These grants provide Maine’s fire departments with the support needed to purchase vehicles (and) life-saving equipment, and conduct training to develop the skills to better serve their communities.”

Collins supported the creation of the AFG Program and is a sponsor of the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act. Since the program’s inception, Maine fire departments have been awarded more than $56 million in AFG funds.