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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Representatives Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge Announce $4.4 Million Awarded to the Akron Fire Department

August 10, 2016
Press Release

Akron, Ohio – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) announce $4,469,275 awarded to the City of Akron Fire Department from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Ryan and Fudge both represent the City of Akron.

“This is great news for the firefighters working to protect our local community here in Akron,” said Congressman Ryan. “It is important that we make safety of the utmost importance when it comes to the firefighters who put their life on the line every day. These types of federal grants are important to ensure that local fire departments have adequate funding for the resources they need to keep our community safe. I will continue to advocate to bring these funds to Akron and across Northeast Ohio.”

“I thank the Department of Homeland Security for investing in the City of Akron’s Fire Department,” said Congresswoman Fudge.  “Our community depends on our firefighters; they are one of our first lines of defense in the face of fire and medical emergencies.  That’s why these funds are so important. The funds will help ensure there continues to be trained front line firefighters in the City of Akron, leading to a safer community for all.”

“On behalf of our citizens of Akron and our more than 325 professionals within the Fire Division, I am excited and grateful to receive this grant to help us move forward in improving and expanding our team; while also  providing cutting-edge training and development,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Receipt of the SAFER Grant is right in line with our goals as we continue to meet the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force – to improve the hiring, recruitment and retention of firefighters within the City of Akron.”

“The grant will allows us to hire 25 new firefighters and get us back to staffing that is more appropriate for a city of our size. I am thrilled to receive this news.” said Akron Chief Ed Hiltbrand.

The goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (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 hiring, 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.