Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR), on behalf of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, has been awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA). The public announcement of the successful award was made on June 3, 2016. The grant is to replace PCFR’s aged self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which allows firefighters to have a breathable air supply while in hazardous environments, such as smoke and toxic gases. On Tuesday, June 21, formal acceptance was approved by county commissioners for the $1,579,900 grant. This is a matching grant with a 90 percent federal share ($1,436,273), matched with the county contribution of 10 percent ($143,627).