FUNKSTOWN -- Both of Maryland's U.S. senators were in Funkstown on Tuesday to announce almost $2 million in federal grants for Washington County fire and rescue companies.
U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., stopped at the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department as part of a two-day tour of Western Maryland.
They will be in Cumberland Wednesday to talk about gas prices and meet with veterans.
On Tuesday, the senators addressed about 50 people in the Funkstown fire station, most of whom were firefighters from the county's fire and rescue companies that have received federal grant money.
Mikulski said the federal fire grants are crucial to helping fire departments, especially rural ones, pay for expensive equipment, from protective gear to fire engines.