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Warren Fire Department gets grant for workout gear, trainer

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WARREN, Ohio -

The Warren City Fire Department is hoping a new grant will help keep their firefighters safer and healthier. 

The department was awarded a $69,000 grant award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

According to department officials, the funding will go toward workout equipment, weights for lifting, and even a trainer for the department. 

It's a move the department is hoping will cut down on injuries. 

"The Warren City Fire Department is pleased to receive this health and wellness grant. Maintaining good fitness can help firefighters cut down on neck, back and shoulder injuries that routinely occur on the fire ground. This will also reduce Workman's Compensation rate and time lost to injuries. The Warren City Fire Department will be much more able to protect the lives and properties of our citizens with healthier and more physically fit firefighters," said Fire Chief Ken Nussle.

The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. 

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan says the grant funding will help the firefighters of the department meet the needs of the community. 

"When many of us are running away from a fire, our firefighters are bravely going toward it. Our first responders are critical to our community as they put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety," said Congressman Tim Ryan. 

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