WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $50,000 Community Facilities grant to Pike County to purchase two new emergency vehicles and two powered emergency cots. The USDA is also awarding a $400,000 Community Facilities loan to finance these purchases, bringing the total USDA funds available to $450,000. This equipment will help Pike County’s six life squads provide emergency medical services to more than 28,000 rural Ohioans.
“Ohio emergency services and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “This investment will ensure that Pike County’s life squads have the resources they need to keep Pike County residents safe.”
The funds for this purchase are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.