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Dorchester County Volunteer Fire Companies to Get $780,000 in Grants

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Eight volunteer fire companies in Dorchester County will get more than $780,000 in federal funding to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin made the announcement Wednesday in Washington DC. Senator Mikulski is the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee. 
 
"I know how important this funding is to Maryland communities - often it's the difference between life and death. First responders protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter," Senator Mikulski said in a statement Wednesday.
 
Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee.

"Our first responders and their families deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have best training and the most reliable equipment. The men and women of Dorchester County's volunteer firefighting community put their lives on the line every day. Ensuring they are well funded is a matter of national security and the right thing to do," said Senator Cardin. "Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses are lifesaving pieces of equipment, and I will continue to make sure our first responders have the tools they need to get the job done."
 
The eight Volunteer Fire Companies receiving this regional award are: Rescue Fire Company, Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company, Neck District Volunteer Fire Company, Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Madison Volunteer Fire Company, Taylors Island Volunteer Fire Company, Lakes and Straits Volunteer Fire Company, and Hooper's Island Volunteer Fire Company. 

The award will be used to purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus to replace outdated and unsafe equipment. The equipment helps firefighters to breathe and communicate their positions in smoke-filled environments, keeping them safe and effective in the field.

The funding will bring all 15 volunteer fire departments in the County into compliance with the current National Fire Protection Association standards, and will enhance interoperability and mutual aid response.
 

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