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Sarbanes Announces Nearly $2 Million for Fire Safety in Maryland
Federal funding will help keep first responders safe on the job
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded nearly $2 million for fire prevention services in Maryland through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
“This funding makes a federal investment in safeguarding Maryland communities,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “During an emergency, we count on our first responders to be ready at a moment’s notice. It’s critical that these brave men and women have first-rate equipment and adequate resources to do their job.”
The AFG program works to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, the AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
Federal funding has been awarded to the following departments:
Baltimore City Fire Department – $1,449,600 for operations and safety
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services – $544, 060 for operations and safety
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