January 04, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORBALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Owings Mills has been awarded $72,499 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.  Senator Cardin is on the Budget Committee.

 

"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 they may have to confront."

 

The Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County will use its $72,499 to initiate a quick response urban rescue team, as well as a health and wellness program.   This is the second award for the department.   In 2005, it was awarded $91,010 to install a diesel exhaust system in the station.   For more information, call Captain Dan Udemme at 410-887-7781.   Since 2001, Baltimore County fire and EMS departments have been awarded nearly $5.9 million in AFGP funds.

 

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 $55 million through the AFGP.