WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that two fire departments have been awarded federal resources by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Cleveland Division of Fire received $261,600 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program for Operations and Safety. South Euclid Fire Department received $439,461 from FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire fire fighters.

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

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders 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. Providing funding for Vehicle Acquisition helps fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations receive necessities such as new trucks, tankers, and ambulances. More information about the AFG program can be found here. The SAFER grant program supports the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. More information about the program can be found here.

Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s grant coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.