WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two grants totaling $30,900 for Federalsburg, Md., through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency’s Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program.
Federalsburg was awarded $16,900 to purchase nine new radios for the Public Works Department to replace damaged equipment. Additionally, Federalsburg received $14,000 to purchase 139 fire hydrant adapters. The adapters will allow the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department to improve fire-fighting efficiency. Federalsburg will provide $5,700 and $4,700 in matching funds to the projects, respectively.
“Federalsburg’s first responders deserve every resource they need to safely go about the difficult and dangerous business of saving lives,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This federal investment assists them doing exactly that, helping to both protect the community and ensure that more of our firefighters return home safely.”
“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day, and we must ensure they have the training and equipment necessary to respond to emergencies. This funding will help to improve Federalsburg’s communications and fire-fighting capabilities, and in turn, help keep the entire community safe,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees.
The Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.