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January 06, 2016

Aguilar Holds FEMA Workshop for Fire Departments in San Bernardino County

Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar held a workshop for fire departments in San Bernardino County to review the application process and answer questions on federal assistance programs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency — Assistance to Firefighters Grants (FEMA-AFG ) workshop brought together local fire department representatives and FEMA staff members to have an open discussion about federal grants and assistance, both inside and outside of FEMA.

“As San Bernardino’s representative, one of my most important responsibilities is to help bring crucial federal funds back to the Inland Empire, with our first responders being my top priority,” said Rep. Aguilar. He continued, “I’m glad we were able to organize a meeting with officials from FEMA and our local fire departments to talk about the application process so we can work on bringing more dollars back to the community.”

Rialto Fire Department Division Chief Sean Grayson attended the workshop and added, “Congressman Aguilar’s efforts allowed us to get additional information pertaining to FEMA-AFG grants and facilitated important regional partnering.”

John Hamill, Director of External Affairs for FEMA, and Doug Woods, Regional Fire Program Specialist—AFG, were on hand to answer questions from fire department representatives on a variety of grant and assistance channels. These included: Homeland Security Grant Programs, Cost-Share Calculations, Hardship Waivers and Regional Project rules. For additional information on 2016 AFG applications and other federal grant opportunities, please visit


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