Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $398,793 for Youngstown Fire Department
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced almost $400,000 in federal funds for the Youngstown Fire Department. This funding comes in the form of a Fire Prevention and Safety grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“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. As a result I always offer my support to grants of this nature," said Congressman Ryan. “This money will enhance fire prevention and over all safety to the Youngstown Fire Department. This crucial funding will prevent the Department from having to decommission a fire truck. That would have been detrimental to the force, given that Youngstown firefighters encounter 8 times the amount of structure fires than those of any other major city in Ohio. I congratulate Fire Chief John O’Neill’s hard work in obtaining these grants."
“Myself, along with Mayor John McNally and all of the members of firefighters Local 312 could not be more pleased and grateful to Congressman Ryan for his persistence in lobbying on our behalf for this grant award. With the Fire Department funding at a point that would require the closure of one of our front line trucks as early as next week, this funding will now ensure that fire department staffing will be brought up to proper levels to protect the Citizens of Youngstown,” said Youngstown Fire Department Chief John O'Neill
The goal of the AFG program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizations. Operations and Safety grants can be used for professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.
Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critical equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.