COLLEGE PARK, MD – This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) toured the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute of the University of Maryland. At the Institute, Congressman Hoyer met with firefighters, EMT personnel, and instructors; toured the facility; and viewed equipment used to train fire and emergency services personnel.
“I was pleased to tour the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute this afternoon and learn more about the training the Institute develops to for emergency services personnel,” said Congressman Hoyer. “The College Park headquarters facility and the five regional training centers located around the state prepare emergency services personnel for the difficult task of protecting our communities and ensure they have the skills needed to do their jobs safely and effectively.”
“As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I was pleased to help establish the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to ensure that local fire and emergency services departments have the funds they need to train and equip their staff,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “Over the past four years, the Institute has been awarded $2 million through the grant program to purchase equipment used to train and protect the hardworking men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. I want to thank Chief Michael Cox for hosting me this afternoon to meet with personnel and view the equipment that has been purchased with this funding, and I will continue to work with him and his colleagues to support our firefighters and first responders and ensure they have all necessary resources.”