Sen. Brown Announces More Than $160,000 in New Federal Resources to Train, Support, and Protect Firefighters in Lucas County

FY 2013 Funding Will Provide for Vehicle Acquisition in Spencer Township and Operations and Safety in Sylvania Township

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to two fire departments in Lucas County by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Spencer Township Fire & Rescue was awarded $71,250 for Vehicle Acquisition and Sylvania Township Fire Department was awarded $89,550 for Operations and Safety.

“Firefighters and first responders keep our communities safe in times of crisis,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help ensure that Lucas County’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

Spencer Township Fire & Rescue and Sylvania Township Fire Department were awarded this funding as part of the round 20 competitive Fiscal Year 2013 AFG program announcements.

The 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. Fire equipment funded in the Vehicle Acquisition category includes pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, and ambulances.

More information about the AFG program can be found here. Interested first responder or fire departments can contact Brown’s Grant Coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.

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