Sen. Brown Announces More than $2.6 Million to Support Ohio Fire Departments

Fire Departments in Athens, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Montgomery, and Summit Counties to Receive Funding

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $2,603,063 has been awarded to Ohio fire departments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

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

AFG grants target fire departments and EMS organizations that are unaffiliated with hospitals to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responder personnel.The funds can be used for vehicle acquisition as well as operational and safety equipment updates. The chart below details Ohio grant recipients and amounts.

Fire Department

County

Funding

Cleveland Fire Department

Cuyahoga

$637,440

West Carrollton Fire Department

Montgomery

$273,980

Copley Fire Department

Summit

$720,000

Westlake Fire Department

Cuyahoga

$796,494

North Ridgeville Fire Department

Lorain

$126,297

Athens Fire Department

Athens

$48,852

According to FEMA, the Assistance to Firefighter Grants are used to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Since 2001, nearly $4 billion in grant money has been awarded to first responder organizations.

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