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MT. Vernon VFD Gets Funding For Life-Saving Fire Equipment

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- U.S. Democratic Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced Friday that the Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company in Princess Anne has been awarded $71,820 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment.

The Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company will use the competitive award to purchase approximately 30 sets of Turnout Gear. The new sets of gear will replace Mt. Vernon’s 10 year-old gear which is out of date and no longer provides adequate fire protection to first responders. Each new set of gear will include boots, pants, a coat, gloves and a helmet. 

AFGP grants fund firefighting equipment, personal protection equipment, training, firefighting vehicles, firefighter/first responder safety projects, and staffing recruitment and retention, as well as public fire safety education.

Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and Emergency Medical Services units have received more than $142.5 million in fire grant funding, almost $1.3 million of which has gone to fire departments and EMS units in Somerset County. 
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