Carroll's Union Bridge Fire Company receives $70,000 grant

The Union Bridge Fire Company in Carroll County will receive a $70,659 grant through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen announced Monday in a news release.

The grant will help the company obtain professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

"Our first responders selflessly put their lives on the line day-in and day-out to protect our community," Van Hollen said in a statement. "This important funding will help give the firefighters of Union Bridge the resources necessary to keep our community safe, and I will continue to work diligently to ensure that our brave firefighters are receiving the training, equipment, and personnel necessary to do their jobs."

The grant brings federal funding for fire safety first responders in Carroll County to more than $1.5 million this year.

Past grants include:

•$985,680 for eight volunteer fire departments to purchase 170 self-contained breathing apparatus units with spare cylinders, 240 facemasks, 15 firefighter accountability tracking devices, and 18 rapid intervention air packs.

•$103,075 for the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company to purchase five automatic external defibrillators and install a diesel exhaust extraction system in the station.

•$368,120 for the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association to help prepare high school students for careers as professional and volunteer firefighters.

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