Community Notes

Community Notes

January 18, 2004

Fire Department in Lisbon to get grant of $155,809

Howard County's Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department will receive $155,809 from the Department of Homeland Security for 29 self-contained breathing apparatus units and testing equipment to ensure the masks fit each firefighter, officials announced last week.

The federal grant is one of two awarded to Maryland fire departments. Officials said $82,815 will go to the Denton Volunteer Fire Department in Caroline County to replace 23 similar units that no longer meet federal standards, according to a joint announcement from the offices of Maryland U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes.

Mikulski serves on the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Homeland Security, and she sent letters to every Maryland fire department last year alerting them to the availability of federal funds. Nationally, Mikulski said, nearly 20,000 fire departments have applied for grants.

Lisbon, in western Howard County, is the second Howard department to obtain federal help through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Savage Volunteer Fire Department received $225,000 last year to purchase a new truck.

Disaster-preparedness orientation to be held

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, will hold a disaster-preparedness orientation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd.

The center is recruiting and referring community members to local, nonprofit and government agencies that need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

Limited space is available for the orientation.

Registration: 410-715-3172.

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