WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program has awarded Scioto Township in Pickaway County a $3.5 million loan to construct a new fire station to meet building standards and accommodate needed equipment. 

“While most of us run from danger, our firefighters and public safety officials run toward it,” said Brown. “This funding will provide firefighters the necessary resources to keep Ohioans safe.”

The funds for this program are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative, which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential community service, including emergency response vehicles and equipment.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.