March 08, 2007


Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that two Eastern Shore fire departments have been awarded a total of $45,449 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding.

"First responders are our true heroes - protecting our homes, our businesses and our communities.  I'm grateful for the sacrifices they make every day," said Senator Mikulski.  "The federal government has a responsibility to protect our protectors, providing them with the tools they need to do their job safer and smarter.  That's why I will continue to fight to provide the federal support they need to get the equipment, training and resources they deserve."

"Firefighter grants represent a major effort by the Federal government to ensure that our nation's first responders have the equipment and training they need to do the job," said Senator Cardin. "Our firefighters are on the frontlines every day, and it is critical that they have the resources to deal with any emergency or life-threatening situation."

AFGP grants fund firefighting equipment, personal protection equipment, training, firefighting vehicles, firefighter/first responder safety projects, and staffing recruitment and retention. Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and fire service organizations have received more than $46.1 million through the AFGP.

The Showell Volunteer Fire Department in Worcester County has been awarded $5,739 to purchase a new gear washer, allowing the department to extend the life of their turn out gear. This is the second award for the department. In 2004, they received an AFGP award of $26,550. For more information, call Nicholas Busby at 410-352-9516.

The City of Cambridge Emergency Medical Services in Dorchester County will use its $39,710 to purchase new Emergency Medical Services turn out gear and medical equipment. This is the first award for the department under the AFGP. For more information, call Ed Kinnamon at 410-228-4200.