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.), to announce $207,054 in federal funding for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.
The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to implement a firefighting training course that provides instruction to 375 personnel for more than 2,900 total hours.
“Providing our first responders with the training they need is crucial to their ability to serve and protect our communities and this investment will help the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue achieve its life-saving mission,” the Members said. “We will keep working to support our first responders and to secure 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.