WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) today announced $603,847.88 in federal funds to support firefighters in Prince George’s County.
"As we continue to combat COVID-19, we must provide our firefighters and first responders with the resources they need to keep Marylanders safe,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue to fight for federal funding to support our firefighters as they serve our communities on the front lines of this pandemic."
The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters, includes $58,393.33 for the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad Incorporated and $545,454.55 for the Prince George’s County Fire Department.
The lawmakers have worked to secure $355 million for the AFG program for Fiscal Year 2020, as well as $100 million for the Fiscal Year 2020 AFG-S program, and continue to support robust funding for the program – including by urging FEMA Administrator Gaynor to increase federal support for firefighters as the COVID-19 crisis devastates state and local budgets.
As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Caucus, Congressman Hoyer took a lead role in helping to establish the AFG Program, and over $15 million has been awarded to Fifth District fire departments since the program was established. Click here for more information.