Brown Announces New Resources to Bolster Firefighter Safety in Mahoning Valley

FY 2012 Funding Will Help to Improve Preparedness and Response of Firefighters in Warren and Youngstown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to two fire departments in the Mahoning Valley. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Howland Fire Department in Warren and the Liberty Fire Department in Youngstown have been awarded resources for operations and safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

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

This is round 23 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2012 AFG announcements. The Howland Fire Department received $64,519 and the Liberty Fire Department received $39,663.

 The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders purchase protective equipment, vehicles, and gear, according to FEMA.