Yesterday, Congressman Steny Hoyer along with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced more than one million dollars in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Southern Maryland.
$576,562.77 will go to firefighters and first responders in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters program. An additional $493,500 in funding for Calvert County firefighters from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program through FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). SAFER grants are designed to provide funding to fire departments to increase or maintain the number of firefighters in their communities.
From the press release:
“I’m pleased our first responders in Southern Maryland will receive this key funding,” said Congressman Hoyer. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our firefighters and first responders have put their safety on the line to protect our communities. It is critically important that we ensure they have the resources they need to protect themselves and Maryland families.”
“In the midst of this public health crisis, Maryland’s brave firefighters and first responders are being asked to do more with less,” said Senator Cardin. “I’m proud that Team Maryland was able to secure more federal funds for first responders in Southern Maryland to ensure that they are always equipped with the tools and resources necessary to protect their safety and the safety of those they serve.”
“Maryland’s firefighters risk life and limb for our local communities. This funding means Southern Maryland firefighters can buy equipment to better protect themselves and the communities they serve,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will keep fighting to ensure that Maryland’s first responders have the resources they need to do their job safely.
For a full list of awards, visit FEMA’s Assistance To Firefighters Grants webpage.