Valley gets $1.374M in grants

State awards money for fire equipment

A number of Mahoning Valley fire departments shared in some $1.374 million in state grants for equipment announced this week by Gov. Mike DeWine and the state fire marshal’s office.

The grants went to 154 fire departments in Ohio.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect us from the dangers of fire and other emergencies,” DeWine said. “These grants are just one way we can show our appreciation and support for our firefighters, especially our volunteer firefighters, allowing them to better protect the lives and property of the communities they serve.”

Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus, communications, and other miscellaneous equipment. The fire departments were selected based on a variety of criteria, including the fire department’s annual budget, number of fire incidents and the resident population served by the fire department. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance and have submitted incident fire reports for the designated year.

Getting outlays were the following local departments:


• Sebring Fire Department, $10,000, personal protective equipment;

• Green Township Volunteer department, $10,000, self-contained breathing apparatus;

• Milton Township, $10,000, miscellaneous, PPE;

• New Middletown village, $10,000, communications, miscellaneous, PPE.


• McDonald Fire Department, $10,000, communications, miscellaneous, PPE, SCBA;

• Girard Fire Department, $8,385, miscellaneous;

• Brookfield Township Fire Department, $928, PPE.


• East Palestine Fire Department, $10,000, PPE;

• Highlandtown volunteer, $10,000, SCBA;

• Leetonia, $8,850, PPE.

“We are committed to working with our state’s fire service to ensure they have the support they need to serve their communities effectively,” said Ohio State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon.


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