Fire departments get funding boost from state


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four local fire departments are recipients of 2023 Fire Department Equipment Grants through the state.

The North Balimore, Weston Township and Hoytville fire departments have received $10,000 each for communications and personal protective equipment.

Washington Township received $5,000.

Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of State Fire Marshal announced the recipients, which include 154 fire departments in 70 counties throughout the state totaling $1.4 million.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect us from the dangers of fire and other emergencies,” DeWine said. ”These grants are just one way we can show our appreciation and support for our firefighters, especially our volunteer firefighters, allowing them to better protect the lives and property of the communities they serve.”

Allowable equipment within the grant includes protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus, communications, and other miscellaneous equipment. The fire departments were selected based on a variety of criteria, including the fire department’s annual budget, number of fire incidents, and the resident population served by the fire department. Eligible fire departments must serve a population of less than 25,000, be in compliance and have submitted incident fire reports for the designated year.

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