CINCINNATI -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that nearly $750,000 has been awarded to five Tri-State Ohio fire departments by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters program.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown in a news release. “These funds ensure that firefighters in southwest Ohio have the resources and equipment they need to perform their jobs safely.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is a component in the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to strengthen the general level of preparedness and capacity to respond to fire and related dangers.

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