Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing a $298,345 grant for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD).
The funding – awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program – will be used to purchase new equipment for the Department and to support its Mobile Integrated Health/Community Paramedicine pilot program, a partnership between the BCFD and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
“Every day, Baltimore City’s emergency responders provide life-saving services to residents across the city. Providing our first responders with the equipment they need is crucial to their ability to serve and protect our communities. This investment will go directly to equipping the Baltimore City Fire Department and will help them continue to achieve their life-saving mission,” said the Members. “Together, we will keep working to support our first responders and provide them with the resources they need to keep Marylanders safe.”
The AFG program 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 the health and safety of first-responder personnel.
The Members worked to secure $350 million for the AFG program in Fiscal Year 2019 and will continue to work to secure robust funding for the program in the years ahead. The Maryland Delegation has currently announced more than $2 million in federal funding from the AFG program for first responders across the state.