With the help of federal grant money, Ironton firefighters will get a new radio system.
The Ironton Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $57, 747 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) made the announcement in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” Brown said in the statement. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Ironton have the personnel and resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”
The grant will require a 3 percent match, which the fire department will pay with donations it receives from the community, Fire Chief Tom Runyon, said.
That will be used to upgrade the department’s communication system. The new system will allow the department to communicate with other first responders, which is important in disaster situations when several departments respond.
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