Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $40,000 for Vienna and Braceville Township Fire Departments

Jun 29, 2017 Issues: Helping Working Families

Vienna, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced almost $40,000 in federal funds for two local fire departments. The Vienna Fire Department has received $13,169 and the Braceville Township Fire Department has received $23,334 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

“Supporting our first responders through federal investment plays a crucial role in protecting the lives of our family, friends, and community. I will always give my support to these types of grants which play a direct role in keeping people safe – both the first responder, and those in need," said Congressman Ryan. “This money will enhance fire and emergency services and provide needed safety equipment to both departments.”

“These resources are vital to our department to help keep our first responders, and the people they serve safe. We are appreciative of this assistance and look forward to continuing our work,” said  Vienna Fire Department Chief Richard Brannon.

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. For more information, visit the program’s website.