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 Statement on National Blue Alert Act of 2013

As we celebrate National Police Week and recognize the dedication and sacrifice of our law enforcement officers, Im pleased the House voted today in support of creating a national Blue Alert System that will allow police officers and first responders to react quickly when a law enforcement officer is injured or killed and make it easier to apprehend violent criminals.

Hoyer Attends 25th Annual National Fire & Emergency Services Dinner

I was honored to join Vice President Biden, members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, and others this evening to recognize the passion, determination, courage, and selflessness of firefighters and emergency service personnel in Maryland and across the country.