U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced the Poplar Volunteer Fire Department received a 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $39,900.

This grant program is administered cooperatively by the National Preparedness Directorate and the United States Fire Administration, which are two components of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Wisconsin communities have submitted 656 applications requesting a total amount of over $90 million. The grants support training, wellness and fitness, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

"This grant program has been an unqualified success in getting much-needed resources directly to local firefighters," Feingold said. "I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of this program, in no small measure because of the advocacy of Wisconsin firefighters.

The members of both volunteer and career fire departments put their lives on the line on a daily basis for others and at virtually every meeting I have with Wisconsin firefighters, they tell me about the vital importance of these grants and how these grants allow them to get needed equipment and training they would otherwise be unable to afford. "