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, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Federal Funding to Combat Heroin Trafficking in Washington/Baltimore Region

I'm pleased that our region will be receiving this funding through HIDTA to help communities deal with the challenge of heroin trafficking in our state. We need to muster all available resources at the federal, state, and local levels to address this growing epidemic in our state, especially in the Fifth District where we have seen a dramatic increase in the use of heroin as well as deaths related to overdose.

Hoyer Statement on Charges Filed in the Death of Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray and his family deserve justice, and the charges filed today by the State's Attorney in Baltimore show that there is a process moving forward to investigate fully and thoroughly what happened.

Hoyer Delivers Remarks at 27th Annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner

I am honored to represent so many professional and volunteer firefighters, first responders, and their families in Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, where there is a very long tradition of our communities standing together to support those who serve us with such distinction and bravery.