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Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue secures $240K grant

The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded a $240,000 grant to go toward training and recruiting front-line firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Congresswoman Barabra Comstock (R-Va.) made the announcement Monday that the department had been successful in attaining the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA.

“The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has provided great service to the Ashburn community and Loudoun County as a whole since 1944,” Comstock said in a prepared statement. “In fiscal 2017, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department answered a total of 6,957 fire and medical calls helping their fellow neighbors in their time of need.”

“I congratulate Chief Miguel Quijano and Department President Jimmy Olevson and the rest of the officers and members of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in attaining this important FEMA grant,” she added.

Quijano said, “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work done by our Grants Committee. We are so proud of them and delighted with the opportunities this award will bring to all our members."

The SAFER grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase and maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters and EMTs available in their communities.

SAFER also aims to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association’s codes and standards.

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