MEMA awards $4 million to volunteer fire companies across the state
MARYLAND – The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is awarding about $4 million federal funding to 181 volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue departments across the state. The funding is coming from the Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) of 2021. “This funding provides much needed financial support to the volunteer fire service for lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 during 2020,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland in a release.
Two local volunteer fire companies are going to be getting a chunk of that funding. The biggest local winners are Hebron Volunteer Fire Company and Sharptown Volunteer Fire Company. Hebron VFC is receiving $114,828.65, while Sharptown VFC is getting $104,608.27.
Meanwhile, five different volunteer fire companies in Caroline County are getting a total of $88,116.96. In Dorchester County, a total of $74,071.99 is being distributed to six volunteer fire companies. Four volunteer fire companies in Somerset County are getting $34,922.49 in total. In Talbot County, five volunteer fire companies are receiving a total of $120,346.14. Nine of Wicomico County’s volunteer fire companies are getting $366,173.97 in total, including Hebron and Sharptown. Lastly, two volunteer fire companies in Worcester County won a total of $21,458.74.