WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $387,848 has been awarded to the Ohio University Fire Department by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) program. The funds will be used to purchase and install safety sensors on the microwave ovens in Ohio University residence halls.
“It is my hope that Ohio University will be provided an opportunity to protect the students living on campus, and eliminate false alarms which can occupy the Athen’s County Fire Department’s resources,” Brown said in a December 2009 letter of support on behalf of Ohio University’s grant application.
The Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) are a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Grants funded by FP&S are targeted to first responders who are more at risk and reduce injury and prevent death. The funds will help improve the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and fire-related dangers.