July 27, 2007



- Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced two Eastern Shore fire departments have been awarded a total of $117,230 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. - 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."

"First responders are our true heroes

"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 they may have to confront."

The Lower Somerset Ambulance & Rescue Squad in Crisfield will use its $53,580 to purchase 35 sets of turn out gear to protect Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel from blood borne pathogens. For more information, call Charles Cavanaugh at 410-968-2000.

The Hebron Volunteer Fire Department in Wicomico County will use its $63,650 to purchase 40 sets of turn out gear and a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) kit. For more information, call Ginger Wilson at 410-749-3037.

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 approximately $48.3 million through the AFGP.