$4.6M in Grants Awarded to Maryland First Responders
Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 01:40 PM EDT
Two federal grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to address equipment and staffing needs for first responders in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland.
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski today joined Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Fire Chief John Hohman to make the announcement on Thursday.
"I know how important this funding is to Maryland communities - often it's the difference between life and death. First responders protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter," Senator Mikulski said. "Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don't know what they will face."
The Baltimore County Fire Department will receive a $2,343,600 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). It will use the grant to purchase 372 sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), a device that enables firefighters to breathe in smoke-filled environments. It will replace equipment that is not compliant with the standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association.
The Maryland State Firemen's Association in partnership with the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association will receive a $2,250,000 grant, to be used to conduct a four year, statewide recruiting and training program for all of Maryland's 368 volunteer fire departments.