January 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company won $50,232 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase emergency medical equipment. Senator Cardin is chairman of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee.   As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program.

 

"Now more than ever, we need to make sure that our first responders have the resources they need to protect our families and communities," Senator Cardin said. "From fires to natural disasters to possible terrorist threats, these brave men and women put their lives on the line for all of us.  Federal investment in our first responders is vital because we must ensure that they have the equipment and training they need to protect us from harm and to perform their jobs safely and efficiently."

 

 "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. That's why I fight every year for the equipment, training, and staffing our protectors and communities deserve."

 

The grant funds will allow Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company to purchase 15 sets of protective clothing for its emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, which will protect them from blood-borne pathogens. The fire department will also be able to purchase a state-of-the-art defibrillator and a Stair Chair, which is used to move patients up and down steps.

 

AFGP grants fund firefighting equipment, personal protection equipment, training, firefighting vehicles, firefighter/first responder safety projects, and staffing recruitment and retention, as well as public fire safety education.

 

Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units have received more than $91 million in AFGP funding, more than $7 million of which has gone to fire departments and EMS units in Baltimore County.