Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Good Will Fire Company #1 in Allegany County has been awarded $112,841 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 they may have to confront.”
The Good Will Fire Company #1 in Lonaconing will use its $112,841 to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units. This is the third award for the department. In 2002, the department was awarded $74,475 to purchase new turn out gear. In 2003, it received $225,000 to purchase a new rescue engine. For more information, call Robert Ritchie at 301-463-2555.
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 $50 million through the AFGP.