On July 6, 2016, Maryland Congressmen Chris Van Hollen announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $123,810 grant to the Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg. The grant will be used for operations and safety.

“First responders are on the front lines of emergencies every day, and they work tirelessly to make sure our communities are as safe as they can be,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “This funding will help ensure that the Vigilant Hose Company is as prepared as possible to save lives and property when disaster strikes.”

Federal funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which aims to strengthen first responders’ ability to safely protect their communities. Operations and Safety grants are used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

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