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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune announced today over $175,000 in Homeland Security grants for two South Dakota fire departments, including a new fire truck for Custer and fire station improvements for Cresbard.

“These federal grants will help keep our towns and our volunteer firefighters safe,” Thune said. “I’m proud to announce these important Homeland Security grants to improve South Dakotans’ safety.”

The Custer Volunteer Fire Department was granted $154,800 for a new firefighting vehicle through the Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program.

The Cresbard Volunteer Fire Department was granted $28,449 through the Operations and Firefighter Safety Program. Monies are to be put towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

These grants were made possible by the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support firefighters. The grants come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.