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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces More Than $2.4 Million Dollars for Northeast Ohio Fire Departments

September 24, 2019
Press Release

Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $2,404,749.20 in federal grant awards to over two dozen Northeast Ohio Fire Departments and the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs’ Association. This funding comes in the form of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The $1,368,727.27 grant award sponsored by Champion Township will go toward a new communication system that will be used by numerous fire departments across Trumbull Country. Congressman Ryan met with the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs Association in January 2019 and sent a letter of support for the project in February 2019.

“There are few things more important than supporting services that help protect the lives of our families and friends, and the first responders who make that possible. Every single day, our courageous firefighters put their lives on the line to keep our community safe. No amount of words can fully describe how grateful we are of their heroic work,” said Congressman Ryan. “It’s why I support the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program and continue to advocate for increased funding. The dollars from these grants will help provide the needed resources to ensure our firefighters are well-trained and well-equipped, so they can meet the needs of their departments and our community.”

“This grant will assist Trumbull County fire departments in transitioning to the Project 25-compliant digital communication system, specifically to the State of Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS), designed for public safety and first responders,” said Champion Township Fire Chief John Hickey, whose department sponsored the grant on behalf of the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs’ Association.

“The members of the Akron Fire Department are grateful to be awarded the Assistance To Firefighter’s Grant,” said Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker. “This grant provides much-needed equipment to improve the safety of our firefighters and enhances the services we provide to the Akron community.”

“We were thrilled to get the news that Alliance Fire Department was awarded an AFG OPS grant,” said Alliance Fire Chief Jason Hunt.  “This will allow us to replace and bolster rescue and extrication equipment that is over 20 years old.  We have been very fortunate to have the consistent support of Congressman Ryan in all of our endeavors to seek out and apply for grant funding opportunities.  It is nice to know that Tim Ryan has the back of the First Responders he represents.  I look forward to working with his office in the future.”

“We are very excited to receive this Firefighter Assistance Grant. This grant will be utilized to replace obsolete equipment that our firefighters use daily to protect our community,” said Bazetta Fire Chief Dennis Lewis. “The Firefighter Assistance Grant is a great resource for small communities to equip their firefighters with current equipment.”

“I would like to personally thank Congressman Ryan, and the entire staff of your office for showing support in lobbying for the Brookfield Township Div. of Fire & EMS to receive the FY 2018 FEMA AFG Operations & Safety Grant Award,” said Brookfield Township Chief David E. Masirovits. “This funding will go towards purchases to help ensure the safety of our firefighters by making certain their equipment is up to date and reliable. The equipment, this grant allows, would not be possible at this point in time without the assistance of FEMA and the AFG Program. Thanks again for your continued support, and for helping today’s firefighters stay safe on the job tomorrow and beyond.”

“Our department is extremely grateful for federal assistance, such as the Assistance to Firefighters Grant,” said Fowler Volunteer Fire Department Chief Frederick Yungbluth. “Smaller departments, like ours, really rely on federal help in order ensure our equipment is updated and that our community is safe. This specific grant will allow us to purchase a new heart monitor, which will allow for improved cardiac care that our EMTs provide.”

Fire Department

Program Area

Grant Money

CHAMPION TOWNSHIP

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$1,368,727.27

BAZETTA TOWNSHIP

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$60,000.00

ALLIANCE, CITY OF

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$46,383.63

AKRON, CITY OF

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$360,454.54

BROOKFIELD, TOWNSHIP OF

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$27,530.47

FOWLER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$41,445.71

TOWNSHIP OF RAVENNA

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$46,902.85

NILES

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$95,238.09

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$145,003.80

LOWELLVILLE TOWNSHIP

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$30,023.80

ALLIANCE LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$135,985.71

VILLAGE OF McDONALD

OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

$47,053.33

 

Total

$2,404,749.20


The $1,368,727.27 grant award sponsored by Champion Township will be shared by:

  • Bazetta Township Fire Department
  • Bloomfield Township Fire Department
  • Braceville Township Fire Department
  • Bristolville Township Fire Department
  • Brookfield Township Fire Department
  • Burghill-Vernon Fire Department
  • Champion Township Fire Department
  • Cortland City Fire Department
  • Farmington Township Fire Department
  • Fowler Township Fire Department
  • Gustavus Township Fire Department
  • Johnston Township Fire Department
  • Howland Township Fire Department
  • Kinsman Township Fire Department
  • Liberty Township Fire Department
  • Lordstown Village Fire Department
  • McDonald Village Fire Department
  • Mecca Township Fire Department
  • Niles City Fire Department
  • Southington Township Fire Department
  • Vienna Township Fire Department
  • Warren Township Fire Department
  • Warren City Fire Department
  • Weathersfield Township Fire Department

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.