Magnolia VFD is one of three departments to receive grants

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The Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department was one of three departments in Ohio who recently received grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) recently announced the three Ohio fire departments received a total of $392,419.

"Our firefighters need the proper resources to protect their communities," Sen. Voinovich said. "These funds will help Ohio's first responders carry out their vital missions."

Magnolia will use the $171,000 they received to purchase a new tanker truck. The one currently being used is 21 years old and holds 1,800 gallons of water. The new one, which will be delivered by the end of 2008, will hold 2,500 gallons.

The 20-member Magnolia department serves the village of Magnolia, parts of Rose Township in Carroll County and a small portion of Sandy Township in Tuscarawas County.

Don Nicholson Jr. and his staff expressed excitement and gratitude for receiving this grant.

Other departments to receive funds were:

* Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority In Mahoning County - $74,800;

* Fort Jennings Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County - $146,619.

Voinovich is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees DHS. He helped write the legislation creating the new agency in 2002. Each year, Sen. Voinovich diligently advocates the funding for DHS grants through the appropriations process.

For specific details regarding the projects, contact the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program at 866-274-0960.

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