Fire Service and Law Enforcement

Congressman Hoyer has been a champion for firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders. He has fought to ensure that these brave men and women are provided with adequate resources to keep our communities safe and has worked to address the quality of life issues that are unique to those who protect us.

Working closely with firefighters from Maryland and around the country, Congressman Hoyer helped establish the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which helps equip and train local fire and EMS departments throughout the country. Over $15 million has been awarded to Fifth District fire departments since the program's creation in 2001. He also helped establish the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program, which enables career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters, recruit and retain volunteers, and provide relief to the thousands of local fire stations across the country short of staff.

He has also worked to ensure our local police departments have the equipment necessary to fight crime and protect our communities.  Working with his Washington Metropolitan Area colleagues, Congressman Hoyer has spearheaded the effort to combat the gang problem in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties by helping establish and fund the Joint County Task Force. Congressman Hoyer also supported the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, which has strong support from Fifth District Police Departments. 

Hoyer Praises Bowie Volunteer Fire Department

BOWIE, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer addresses Bowie firefighters and new recruits at the Bowie Volunteer Fire Departments Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 3. Congressman Hoyer joined the Department in recognizing and honoring the firefighters receiving awards for their distinguished service to the County.________________________________________________________________________

Prince George's Firefighter Joins Democratic Leader on Capitol Hill to Discuss Effect of Bush Budget on Women

WASHINGTON, DC - Major Carla Blue, a Prince Georges County Firefighter, joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Womens Caucus this morning on Capitol Hill to talk about the devastating effect of the Bush and House Republican budgets on women and their families. Major Blue was invited to Capitol Hill by Congressman Steny Hoyer who represents a large part of Prince Georges County.________________________________________________________________________

Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department To Receive Federal Grant For New Equipment

WASHINGTON - The Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department will receive a federal Fire Grant in the amount of $57,564 under the program area of Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety. As co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Congressman Hoyer was very active in helping establish and fund the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which helps local fire departments in Maryland and across the country buy equipment and provide adequate training.________________________________________________________________________