Federal grant to aid Stockport, Ohio, responders

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) | Courtesy of the U.S. Senate
The Stockport Fire Department in Ohio has been awarded $36,943 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), said Wednesday.

The award will be utilized to facilitate improvements in the department's operations and safety measures.
   
“Firefighters and first responders keep our communities safe in times of crisis,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help ensure that Stockport’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

The grant program was started by the Department of Homeland Security to provide support to firefighters and other first-response groups. Such funding often supports the acquisition of equipment, vehicles, protective clothing and training in order to facilitate enhanced response techniques and capabilities. The program was started in 2001.

FEMA has listed the fire departments that have been awarded grants and the earliest recipients were announced near the end of April. Grants have been awarded to fire departments, emergency medical services and state training academies for first responders in communities throughout the nation.

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