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Updated: Senator Brown announces large federal grant for local fire department

A local fire department has been awarded a large federal grant.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (pictured) reports that the Huntsville Fire Department has been awarded a $224,545 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

Brown said, "Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio. These funds ensure that firefighters in Huntsville have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely."

Huntsville Fire Chief Tim Jenkins said the grant will help the volunteer department upgrade its communications gear.

The grant will pay for a new base radio system, new radios for all six trucks, wireless headsets for two engines and a tanker, and new pagers and portable radios for the firefighters.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program helps firefighters and other first responders purchase protective equipment, vehicles, and gear.

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