ADA — Pontotoc Technology Center is hosting a grant writing workshop for five departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel, with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants that address assistance to firefighters grants (AFG) program priorities, demonstrated financial need, and demonstrate the benefit to be derived from their projects. This is an ideal workshop for both paid and volunteer fire departments wanting to get homeland security funding.

The AFG Program is conducted by the Department’s Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants Training in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants Training is the principal Federal agency responsible for the preparedness of the United States for acts of terrorism, including coordinating, preparedness efforts at the federal level and working with all state, local, tribal, parish, and private sector emergency response providers on all matters pertaining to combating terrorism, including training, exercises, and equipment support. To support this mission, the Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants Training administers a number of programs that provide a wide array of support to our nation’s emergency preparedness and response community.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) is a division of the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. The mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support. For more information on USFA, contact the Website at or

Carl McCoy will deliver the two-hour workshop at Pontotoc Technology Center Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

For more information, phone Roberta Stone at (580) 310-2276.