WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Brian Baird announced a new grant for the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department (LBVFD). The funds will be used for additional training, personal protective and firefighting equipment, modifications to fire stations and facilities, as well as wellness and fitness programs. The grant of $15,525 is part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) $750 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program for FY 2003.

"This grant is great news for our local fire department," Baird said. "The money we receive from the DHS will protect our local firefighters and give them the tools they need to safeguard the Long Beach community."

"This grant will help improve the safety of our firefighters and our town," said David Glasson, LBVFD assistant chief. "These funds help us purchase equipment, such as a thermal imaging camera, that our small town normally wouldn't have the resources for."

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