WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to two fire departments in Wayne County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Kidron Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and Wooster Fire Division 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 Wayne County’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

Kidron Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. was awarded $4,978 and Wooster Fire Division was awarded $190,620 in funding as part of the round 12 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.