Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding to Aid Tennessee Fire Prevention Initiatives - Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association among Grant Recipients

Posted on January 26, 2006

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for awarding a $592,510 grant to the Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association (TFSIA) under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s (AFGP) Fire Prevention and Safety Program. Headquartered in Powell, TFSIA cooperates with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, fire departments, law enforcement agencies and private industry across Tennessee to educate the general public regarding the prevention and suppression of fires and to improve standards and procedures among fire safety inspectors. The AFGP’s Fire Prevention and Safety Program provides for public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement, fire inspector certifications, purchases and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildfire mitigation, and arson prevention and detection activities. “Fire prevention and safety programs are critical to saving lives, protecting property, and caring for the environment,” Frist said. “The TFSIA brings state and local officials together in order to promote proven, uniform standards for fire inspection and fire safety education throughout Tennessee. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for continuing to support this valued public safety initiative.” “It is important that we do all we can to protect our Tennessee families and natural resources. Having well-trained firefighters and well-informed citizens helps to ensure that,” Alexander said. “Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security’s investment in fire prevention and safety.” AFGP awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. Under the program’s governing statute, a minimum of five percent of appropriated funds are reserved to support fire prevention activities. Fire Prevention and Safety awards were established to support the achievement of this requirement and were made available to eligible applicants in a solicitation separate and distinct from broader AFGP applications. Fire Prevention and Safety Awards are made to assist state, regional, national or local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with a focus toward the high-risk target groups of children, seniors, and firefighters. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.