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Potomac Valley Fire Co. gets federal grant to recruit volunteers, EMS personnel

July 06, 2012

SHARPSBURG — The Potomac Valley Fire Co. is getting $20,150 through a federal grant program, Maryland’s United States senators announced Thursday.

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 press release from U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.

The press release says 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.”

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

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