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Introduced in House (03/26/2003)

First Responder and Emergency Preparedness Block Grant Program for Local Governments - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish additional duties of the Office of Domestic Preparedness with respect to Federal, State, tribal, and local government terrorism preparedness and response, including establishing standards for the training of first responders (fire, emergency medical service, and law enforcement personnel) and for equipment used by first responders in responding to incidents of terrorism.

Requires the Office Director to: (1) establish a program to provide assistance to enhance the ability of State and local first responders to respond to incidents of terrorism, including incidents involving weapons of mass destruction; and (2) assist States and localities in securing vital infrastructure resources. Provides for the allocation of such assistance funds among the States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Requires a State to provide at least 75 percent of its assistance to local governments. Provides deadlines for assistance distribution to States and local governments.