WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company was awarded a $50,000 grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company of Dorchester County will receive federal funds to repair, renovate and expand the current firehouse.
“Rural first responders face unique challenges and they are on the frontlines every day,” said Senator Cardin. “The structural integrity of the Lloyds VF Hall is critical to the whole community and will ensure that our first responders have the ability to do their jobs, safely and efficiently.”
“I’m on the side of first responders. I believe if you are willing to put your life on the line every day, you should never feel short-changed by your government,” Senator Mikulski said. “I’m proud that these federal dollars will help the Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company expand and renovate to help them better save lives and protect their community.”
The Lloyds Volunteer Fire Hall has structural damage to the roof and support beans from rain and flooding. This grant will repair that damage and will also be used to renovate and expand existing space for vehicles as well as for future expansion and growth.
Rural Development funds are used to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America through community investment. The $50,000 federal grant was awarded through the Community Facility Grant program; additional funding of $122,562 will come from the Maryland State Fire Association and another $33,700 from local funds. The total cost of the repairs and renovations will be $206,262.