Sen. Brown Announces More Than $766,000 to Support Ohio Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $766,113 has been awarded to Ohio fire departments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S).

"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.

AFG funds can be used for vehicle acquisition as well as operational and safety equipment updates.

FP&S grants fund fire prevention and research and development activities. Fire Prevention Grant Activities are designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate incidences where fire and fire related hazards cause deaths or injuries.

The funds can be used for public education campaigns, arson prevention, prevention-related training, fire prevention activities, risk assessments, and firefighter health and safety. The chart below details Ohio grant recipients and amounts.

Fire Department

County

Funding

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department

Columbiana

$42,655

Jefferson Township

Franklin

$35,848

Moorefield Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc

Belmont

$190,000

Northfield Village Fire Department

Summit

$261,250

Richfield Township Fire Department

Lucas

$228,000

South Webster/Bloom Township Fire Department

Scioto

$8,360

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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