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Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Sharpsburg to get federal grant

July 06, 2012

 The Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Sharpsburg is getting $20,150 under a federal grant program, Maryland’s U.S. senators announced this week.

The money will come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emegency Response grant program “to recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians,” according to a news release Thursday from U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski.

The Potomac Valley Fire Co. “will use the grant funds for recruitment and retention activities including newspaper ads and mailings letting communities know the needs and benefits of volunteering as a firefighter and administrative volunteer. It will also be used for brochures, pamphlets and uniforms, as well as a department website to keep residents and visitors informed of safety information, severe weather alerts and community fundraising events,” the release said.

Fire departments and EMS units in Washington County have received more than $9.7 million through the grant program since 2001, the release said.

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