TOLEDO – U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) announced today that the Sheffield Lake Fire Department has received an award of $203,256 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The federal funds will be used to purchase a new ambulance and cot loading system as well as a new cot, according to Chief Timothy Card.
“Our first responders protect our families and property on a daily basis,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “They deserve all the help and support we can give them.
“Congratulations to Chief Card and Sheffield Lake for winning this competitive and highly sought-after award.”
The federal share of the award will be matched by five percent from the local community.
Kaptur, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of the program and has voted to protect it from further budget cuts.
She said the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is an important component of an overall strategy to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.
Since 2001, the program has provided approximately $5.25 billion to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and also training. During the current fiscal year, the program will award another $337.5 million nationally to first-responder organizations.
The 12-member Sheffield Lake Fire Department staff, which functions round the clock, boasts an average response time of four minutes. It was one of the first fire departments in Lorain County to provide paramedic services.