MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - For the second year in a row, Alabama ranks among the top two states in obtaining federal Homeland Security grant money for local fire departments.
Governor Bob Riley, in a statement today, said 34 fire departments and rescue units received almost $2 point 4 million in 2007. Pennsylvania topped all states - 41 grants totaling nearly $3 point 5 million.
The largest grants, each totaled more than $200 thousand, were awarded to volunteer fire departments in East Chilton (Clanton) and Adamsburg (Fort Payne).
U.S. Homeland Security officials will dole out almost $35 million in grant money to fire department and first responders nationwide.
Riley said a second round of grants will be announced later.
Alabama was the first state to create a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security following the 9-11 terrorist attacks
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