TWINSBURG — Firefighters at Station 1 should feel a little safer in the future thanks to a federal grant and matching city money.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Aug. 28 that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $80,000 to the Twinsburg Fire Department for operations and safety through the Assistance to Firefighters grants program.

"Ohio firefighters and first responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown. "We must support our first responder organizations so communities like Twinsburg have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards."

Fire Chief Tim Morgan said the department is excited to land the grant money, which will be used to install a fire suppression system at Station 1 on Ravenna Road .

"We are always pursuing outside sources of funding, and we’re fortunate to have received this grant," he said. "Firefighter Jim Woolf did a great job writing the grant proposal, as he did a couple of years ago so we could install an exhaust removal system."

Morgan said Station 1 was chosen for the project since it is an older building than Station 2. 

"Its age was a big factor," he said.

Morgan said the city will be responsible for coming up with $8,000 (10 percent of the grant) as its share for the fire suppression system.

"Once again, our fire department has been proactive in seeking out grants and other means of funding for various upgrades to our station," said Mayor Ted Yates. "As state and federal funds decrease, it’s more important than ever to continue to pursue these available resources."

The AFG program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of first responders and the public, both at work and through good health in retirement.

The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first responders in moments of crisis.

Grants are awarded to fire department-based and non-affiliated EMS organizations that best address the priorities of the AFG program.

Last year, the Twinsburg department received nearly a $90,000 grant to install an exhaust removal system at the firehouse.

Recently, the Macedonia Fire Department received an AFG grant for exhaust removal systems at the Macedonia, Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills township stations. It amounted to $138,270, with the city chipping in $12,000.

Northfield Village also recently received $41,429 for an exhaust removal system, with the village responsible for a $2,071 match.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com