The Baltimore County Fire Department was awarded $681,819 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Maryland Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced Friday.
The department can no purchase three new ambulances for specialized care with the funds. Cardin and Van Hollen worked to secure $345 million in funding for the program in 2018. The funds are awarded directly to fire departments and their training academies.
“Nothing is more important than safety and security of our communities, and their safety directly depends on ensuring our first responders have the resources they need to mitigate emergencies,” said Senator Cardin. “This grant represents a federal investment in Baltimore County residents’ wellbeing and is exactly the kind of funding I will continue to fight for on behalf of all our first responders.”
“To best serve our communities, we must ensure our first responders have the tools they need to handle all kinds of emergencies. This grant provides Baltimore County with more resources for EMS response and will help provide safe transportation to area-residents,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will continue fighting for federal investment in the tools and equipment our first responders need to keep our communities safe.”