WASHINGTON - The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department in St. Mary's County has been awarded $18,193 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).
AFGP grants fund firefighting equipment, personal protection equipment, training, firefighting vehicles, firefighter/first responder safety projects, and staffing recruitment and retention. Since 2001, Maryland fire departments and fire service organizations have received more than $45.7 million through the AFGP.
The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department in Avenue, Md., will use its $18,193 to purchase new hoses. This is the second award for the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department. In 2003, the department was awarded $144,828 to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment and turn out gear.