Congressman Tim Ryan Announces DHS Grants Totaling $188,743 for McDonald Volunteer Fire Department
McDonald, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced two grant awards totaling $188,743 to the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department. This funding comes in the form of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first grant totaling $44,457 will be used for operations and safety, while the second grant totaling $144,286 will go toward vehicle acquisition.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line every single day to protect our communities. Federal investments are critical to our first responders, and the current fires in California underscore the importance of properly funding our fire departments. As a result, I always offer my support for these types of grants,” said Congressman Ryan. “The money from these grants will help provide the necessary resources to equip and train our firefighters so they can meet the needs of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department and our neighborhoods. I congratulate Fire Chief Todd Stitt for his hard work in obtaining these grants.”
“The McDonald Volunteer Fire Department is extremely pleased to receive these grants which will help purchase much-needed equipment. With local resources limited and cuts in state funding, these grants will help the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department continue to serve its residents to the best of our ability. I would like to thank all those who assisted us in obtaining these grants. These grants will allow our department to upgrade our EMS and fire equipment to the most current standards. The protection and safety of our citizens, firefighters, and EMS personnel is our utmost priority,” said Fire Chief Todd Stitt.
The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG Program has helped first-responder organizations obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, as well as firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.