WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $486,745.22 in federal funding for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) to train thousands of firefighters across the state.
“MFRI offers top-notch training to help Maryland’s fire, EMS, and rescue personnel succeed in their life-saving missions. With these new funds, MFRI can continue its important work to equip first responders with the knowledge and skills to help keep our local communities safe,” the delegation said. “Together, we will continue fighting to secure federal funds for fire and rescue services throughout Maryland.”
“MFRI is honored to receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant that will allow us the ability to continue providing high-quality programs and training to meet the needs of Maryland’s EMS, fire, and rescue personnel. The AFG program plays an important role in helping MFRI provide realistic equipment and props that prepares our students for all-hazard responses. We extend our sincere thanks to Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin as well as our other congressional representatives for supporting the AFG program,” said Michael Cox, Executive Director of MFRI.
Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, MFRI trains approximately 36,000 students each year at seven regional training centers. MFRI will use the grant to purchase:
- 20 sets of turnout gear
- 24 self-contained breathing apparatus devices
- 3 new fire extinguisher props
- 35 portable radios
- Atmospheric meters/monitors
- Hazmat decontamination equipment
- 6 gas-powered saws
- 2 sets of Vorbeck Communication Vests
- Hazardous materials equipment that includes Level A and B encapsulating suites
- A breathing air compressor for the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Training Center
- Laser projectors for the EMS, Fire, Rescue Simulation Center
The grant was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as first responders.