Galion Fire Department gets federal funding

The Galion Fire Department will receive three complete Jaws of Life systems, two for Galion and one to use with Crestline in a federal grant announced this week.

“Firefighters and first responders keep our communities safe in times of crisis,” U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said in a press release. “These new federal resources will help ensure that Galion’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

The federal grant, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, is for $110,000, of which Galion’s cost is $5,500.

That’s great news,” Galion Fire Chief Phil Jackson said. “It’s good to keep the funds local.”

He added that this is the fifth federal grant his department received since becoming chief in 2011.

Jackson said the new units will be able to cut through boron steel that’s used in newer vehicles. They will replace two older units in the department.

The Galion Fire Department was awarded the federal funding as part of round 10 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2014 AFG program announcements.

According to a release from Brown, The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders protect the public and themselves. Projects funded through the Regional Grant category benefit organizations that help multiple areas.

By Chris Pugh

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