WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $936,043 to the Sylvania Township Fire Department through multiple grants as a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The funds include:

  • $712,820 in Regional Request funds to replace and upgrade mobile and portable radios at the following departments:
    • Sylvania Township Fire Department
    • Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
    • Springfield Township Fire Department
    • Richfield Township Fire Department
    • Jerusalem Township Fire Department
    • Maumee Fire Department
    • Village of Whitehouse Fire Department
    • Rossford Fire Department
  • $223,223 to purchase operations and safety equipment

“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities in Lucas County have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”

“We are very excited about receiving these FEMA Grants,” said Fire Chief Mike Ramm. “The Operations and Safety grant money ($223,223) will assist us in purchasing new SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) for our firefighters. Our current SCBA are 15 years old and have reached the end of their useful life. We are also excited to be the lead agency for the Regional Grant award ($712,820), which will assist us and several area departments in upgrading and replacing mobile and portable radios, which have also reached the end of their service life and parts are no longer being made. Most Toledo area departments rely on each other for assistance during structure fires and other major emergencies, and assuring we have radios with the ability to talk to all neighboring departments in an emergency is critical.  This grant money will also help us reduce the effect on our fire department budget for these needed purchases, as we work very hard to be fiscally responsible with our tax payers’ dollars.”

The AFG Program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public. The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis. Grants are awarded to fire department-based and non-affiliated EMS organizations that best address the priorities of the AFG Program. More information about the AFG Program can be found here.

Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s grant coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.