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Eleven Local Fire Departments to Obtain Safety Resources and Equipment


John O’Brien (216) 263-4635 or jfobrien@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County has announced support of $113,510 to eleven (11) local Cuyahoga County Fire Departments. The fire departments will be able to obtain critically needed equipment, training and other resources to protect first responders from fire and related hazards.

Over the past two years the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety & Justice Services has been working in partnership with local Cuyahoga County Fire Departments to address and secure funding as part of a federal initiative issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal program provides funding to selected fire departments from a national application pool of approximately 10,000 departments.

“Our first responders go into harm’s way on a daily basis,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “We have the opportunity to provide funds for better tools, better training and better protection for them, and have those funds matched by federal dollars, through FEMA. Providing these fire departments with needed resources makes first responders’ jobs safer as they protect our community.”

The area municipalities receiving the County’s financial assistance are the City of Berea, the City of Brecksville, the Village of Brooklyn Heights, the City of Cleveland, the City of East Cleveland, the City of Independence, the City of Lyndhurst, the City of Maple Heights, the City of Parma, the City of Pepper Pike and the Village of Woodmere.

“This is a great example of the commitment Cuyahoga County makes to our first responders and to our community,” said Brandy Carney, Director, Public Safety. “Meeting the needs of our local public safety partners benefits the whole county, and maximizes the impact our dollars can make through both local, and national partnerships.”

Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other departmental resources needed to protect the public from fire and related hazards.