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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Soto Announces $547K Federal Grant for Polk County Fire Rescue

September 5, 2018
Press Release
Soto led bipartisan letter of support for grant

Rep. Darren Soto announced today that the Polk County Fire Rescue will receive a $547,842 federal grant to enhance their response capabilities and more effectively protect the health and safety of Central Florida residents. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is a program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) led a bipartisan letter of support for Polk County Fire Rescue during the application process signed by Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) and Rep. Thomas Rooney (FL-17).

Stated Rep. Soto: “First responders are essential to our safety and day after day put their lives on the line to protect our community. I am proud that Polk County will receive over half a million dollars from DHS to further strengthen its operations and safety projects. These funds help ensure our brave firefighters are well-equipped with the resources needed to continue saving lives in our community.”

In the letter of support by Polk County’s congressional delegation, Members highlight the uptick in forest fires and drought conditions in the County as the need for these funds. Funds for the AFG program are intended to directly support local fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies. For Polk County’s Fire Rescue, the funds will support professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, and supplies that support firefighting and safety.

Rep. Soto is committed to increasing federal grants awarded to agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations whose work directly benefits Florida’s ninth district. Constituents are encouraged to contact Rep. Soto’s office for assistance with navigating the federal grant submissions process. Visit for more information.