Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $480,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Training Across Maryland
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $486,745 in federal funding for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) to train thousands of firefighters across the state.
Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s AFG program, which provides grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as first responders.
“MFRI offers top-notch training to help Maryland’s fire, EMS and rescue personnel succeed in their life-saving missions,” the lawmakers said. “With these new funds, MFRI can continue its important work to equip first responders with the knowledge and skills to keep our local communities safe. Together, we will continue fighting to secure federal funds for fire and rescue services throughout Maryland.”
“MFRI is honored to receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) that will allow us the ability to continue providing high-quality programs and training to meet the needs of Maryland's EMS, fire and rescue personnel. The AFG program plays an important role in helping MFRI provide realistic equipment and props that prepares our students for all-hazard responses. We extend our sincere thanks to Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, as well as our other congressional representatives, for supporting the AFG program,” said Michael Cox, Executive Director of MFRI.
Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, MFRI trains approximately 36,000 students each year at seven regional training centers. MFRI will use the grant to purchase:
- 20 sets of turnout gear;
- 24 self-contained breathing apparatus devices;
- 3 new fire extinguisher props;
- 35 portable radios;
- Atmospheric meters/monitors;
- Hazmat decontamination equipment;
- 6 gas-powered saws;
- 2 sets of Vorbeck Communication Vests;
- Hazardous materials equipment that includes Level A and B encapsulating suites;
- A breathing air compressor for the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Training Center; and
- Laser projectors for the EMS, Fire, Rescue Simulation Center.