Brown Announces New Resources to Bolster Firefighter Safety in Portage County

FY 2012 Funding Will Help to Improve Preparedness and Response of Firefighters in Randolph and Rootstown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to two fire departments in Portage County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Randolph Township Fire Department in Randolph has 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, and the Edinburg Fire Department in Rootstown has been awarded resources by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program.

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

This is round 23 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2012 AFG announcements, and round one of the Fiscal Year 2012 FP&S announcements. The Randolph Township Fire Department received $105,177 in AFG funding and the Edinburg Fire Department received $27,444 in FP&S funding.

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

The FP&S grant program supports projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The main goal is to reach high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death.

 

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