Sen. Brown Announces New Federal Resources to Train, Support, and Protect Firefighters in Portage County

FY 2013 Funding Will Provide More Than $90,000 for Operations and Safety in Garrettsville, Freedom Township, Nelson Township, and Rootstown Township

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to two fire service institutions in Portage County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District and the Edinburg Fire Department in Rootstown Township 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.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help ensure that Portage County’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

The Garrettsville Freedom Nelson Joint Fire District was awarded $23,656 and the Edinburg Fire Department was awarded $68,012  in funding as part of the round 3 competitive Fiscal Year 2013 AFG Program announcements.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders improve their ability to protect the public and themselves. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment.

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.


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