Homeland Security & First Responders

Ohio’s first responders, fire fighters, and law enforcement officials put their lives on the line to protect our communities. They are the heart of a strong middle class. Yet with reduced tax revenues but rising demand for public services – like fire and police – it’s critical that we help our communities carry out their most basic and life saving duties. We must continue to ensure that these brave public servants have the resources they need to safely perform their jobs.  


  • Brown Announces Loan To Build New Fire Station In Trumbull County

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  - New resources have been awarded to a community in Trumbull County to build a new fire station.  U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that a Community Facility Loan of $3.2 million has been granted to Bazetta Township from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development agency. The loan will allow Bazetta to consolidate the department, which is currently housed in three outdated facilities.  The new project would merge the department under one roof.

    “Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” Brown said. “This federal loan will help ensure that Bazetta Township a safe place…Read More

    Posted on 10/5/2012 | Rural Development, rural, Fire department
  • Brown Announces Federal Resources For New Fire Truck In Knox County

    New federal resources will provide for the purchase of a new fire truck in Knox County. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to purchase a new 2,500 gallon tanker to replace an older tanker that is beyond its useful life and unreliable. 

    “Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Eastern Knox County have the resources-including a new fire truck—that they need to perf…Read More

    Posted on 10/5/2012 | Grant, rural, USDA, Rural Development
  • Sen. Brown Announces New Resources To Hire Firefighters In Massillon

    A Stark County fire department was awarded new federal resources to hire firefighters. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the City of Massillon Fire Department has been awarded resources for staffing by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) SAFER grant program.

    “Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe. These new federal resources will help ensure that Massillon has the skilled responders needed,” Brown said. “With so many communities already facing budget shortfalls, critical federal efforts like SAFER are pivotal in keeping…Read More

    Posted on 10/3/2012 | Grant, Sen. Brown, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Firefighters
  • On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Brown Visits Zanesville Take-Back Site To Encourage Muskingum County Residents To Safely Dispose Of Unused Medications

    ZANESVILLE, OH - As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the Zanesville prescription “take-back” site, urging Muskingum County residents to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Brown was joined by Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton and Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department to discuss efforts to crack down on the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

    “Abuse of prescription drugs-especially painkillers—can devastate communities. Too many teenagers can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from…Read More

    Posted on 9/29/2012 | Health, drug abuse, prescription drug abuse, Muskingum County
  • Brown Calls on European Union to Designate Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged the European Union (EU) to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. In a bipartisan letter to Vice President of the European Commission, Baroness Catherine Ashton, Brown joined a group of 74 Senators in calling on the European Union to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror by adding Hezbollah to the list of terrorist organizations.

    “As Hezbollah’s terrorist activities continue, we have an obligation to urge our allies to stand up to this terrorist organization,” Brown said. “Designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization would send a c…Read More

    Posted on 9/19/2012 | Terrorism