Fire departments awarded grants

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Fire departments awarded grants

Youngstown Vindicator – BOARDMAN Four local fire departments were awarded federal grants Tuesday, but one of them isn’t sure it will accept the money.

Bazetta Fire Department will receive $83,508 and Austintown Fire Department will receive $85,655 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Salem and Boardman fire departments will receive $301,648 and $334,646, respectively, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

The funds were awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program.

The grant can be used for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and hiring firefighters, and the funds provide for salaries, benefits, and general equipment needs, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office.

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