GREENBELT, MD– Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) received a briefing from representatives of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), a nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. NVFC was recently awarded a $1,069,174 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program for a national awareness campaign on health and safety.
“As co-chair of the Fire Services Caucus, it is my top priority to ensure that our first responders have the resources to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Congressman Hoyer. “The recent grant awarded to the NVFC will do just that. From addressing heart disease and cancer among firefighters to promoting the Fire/EMS Helpline within the emergency service community, this funding will help ensure firefighters remain healthy on the job. I thank NVFC for meeting with me today, and I look forward to working with them to address the needs of first responders here in Maryland and across the country.”
Congressman Hoyer played a leading role in helping to establish the AFG Program, and he leads a letter with Members of Congress to the Appropriations Committee each year to ensure adequate funding is appropriated for the program. Over $15 million has been awarded to Fifth District fire departments since the program was established.