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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $220,909 for Akron Fire Department

August 4, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $220,909 in federal funds to the City of Akron Fire Department. The award is an Assistance to Firefighters Operations and Safety Grant administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“This funding will help the Akron Fire Department secure the equipment they need to ensure the brave men and women, who put their lives on the line every day, are able to do their jobs safely,” said Congressman Ryan. “I congratulate District Fire Chief David O’Neal for his work in obtaining this grant.”

“A majority of the awarded AFG funds will be used to purchase multi-station weight training equipment, new treadmills, and exercise bikes, which is all part of the Akron Fire Departments Health and Wellness Initiative,” said David O’Neal, District Fire Chief. “We also received funding to purchase specialized washers designed to remove cancer causing carcinogens from firefighter protective clothing. The remaining funds will be used to purchase video laryngoscpopes, which will be placed on all AFD medical units.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the City of Akron Fire Department is part of $319.5 million being awarded from 2020 federal funds to fire departments, certain EMS organizations, and state fire training academies around the nation to fund professional training, wellness, fitness programs, equipment, personal protective equipment, and supplies that support operations and safety.