LAKEWOOD, OH - - Congresswoman Kaptur announced today that the City of Lakewood, Division of Fire has been awarded the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program Award for fiscal year 2012 for the amount of $139,000.

The purpose of the AFG is to award grants directly to fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS) that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program.

“Congratulations to Lakewood for receiving this award to help protect lives and property in the community," Kaptur said.