New federal resources have been awarded to a fire department in Ross County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced that the Chillicothe Fire Department has been awarded resources for Operations and Safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s  Federal Emergency Management Agency "Assistance to Firefighters" Grants (AFG) program.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe,” Brown said. “These new federal resources will help ensure that Chillicothe’s skilled responders have the updated resources they need to safely do their jobs.”

The Chillicothe Fire Department was awarded $31,050 in funding as part of the round 2 competitive Fiscal Year 2013 AFG Program announcements.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program helps firefighters and other first responders improve their ability to protect the public and themselves. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment.