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Dorchester Co. Fire Departments Receive Equipment Grant

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DORCHESTER CO., Md. - U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced this week that $832,390 in federal grant funding has been awarded among seven Volunteer Fire Departments in Dorchester County through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

According to reports, the regional award will be used to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. The seven Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) reportedly receiving this regional award are Hurlock VFD, Vienna VFD, Secretary VFD, East New Market VFD, Eldorado-Brookview VFD, Linkwood-Salem VFD, and Elliott Island VFD.

The award will reportedly be used to purchase 127 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SBCA) and 76 additional face masks with voice amplifiers. This equipment will enable firefighters to breathe and communicate their positions in smoke-filled environments, keeping them safe and effective in the field. Chief Norman Warren of the Eldorado-Brookview Volunteer Fire Department says some of the county's current equipment is outdated, even as much as 15 years old.

"This will be a big boost, everybody in our county will have the same exact breathing apparatus," says Chief Warren. "If a firefighter goes down you can go in and help him with his mask and help him back out."

The grant award will reportedly be administered by the Eldorado-Brookview Volunteer Fire Department. Reports say 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, officials say Maryland fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units have received over $141.5 million in fire grant funding, over $2 million of which has been awarded to fire departments and EMS units in Dorchester County.

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