U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan announced a federal grant awarded to the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Chesterton department will receive $247,200 to improve operations and safety, equip and train emergency personnel, and enhance operational efficiencies.
The program‘s goal is to help firefighting and emergency response teams meet their service goals.
“I am proud to support federal funding for first responders throughout Northwest Indiana to ensure they have the proper training and resources to keep our communities safe,” Mrvan said in a press release.
The Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department provides all-volunteer services for residents in Liberty and Jackson townships. About 18,000 Porter County residents are served by the district in a 51-square-mile area.
“On behalf of my department, we are beyond excited to have received such a highly competitive award from FEMA AFG,” Lt. Matthew Wineland said. “When I first received notification, I was in tears because I knew how much this life-saving equipment meant to help protect my fellow firefighters.”