September 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $200,000 for Eastern Shore Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $213,926.65 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders on the Eastern Shore. The funding will directly impact fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to enhance their response capabilities and ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responders.

“Maryland firefighters and first responders are on the front lines every single day, working tirelessly to keep Marylanders safe. This federal funding will help equip our local fire departments with the tools they need to continue doing their jobs safely and providing critical services to Marylanders on the Eastern Shore,” said the lawmakers.

The federal grants have been awarded as follows:

  • $117,323.80 for Kennedyville Volunteer Fire Department to replace Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (“SCBA”)
  • $49,936.19 for the Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 of Chesapeake City, Incorporated to replace fire hoses 
  • $46,666.66 for the Eldorado Brookview Volunteer Fire Department to install a new cascade air station

Funding is from the Department of Homeland Security's FY2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.