Brown announces federal resources to train, support and protect firefighters


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $54,447 for Operations and Safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

“Firefighters and first responders keep our communities safe in times of crisis,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help ensure that McDermott’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

Union Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded this funding as part of round 8 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2014 AFG program announcements.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders protect the public and themselves. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment. More information about the AFG program can be found here.

Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s grant coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.