Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell has announced that the Chillicothe Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $18,891.00 from the Department of Homeland Security.

Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell has announced that the Chillicothe Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $18,891.00 from the Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to purchase a fire extinguisher training system. "Training is the lifeblood of the Fire Service, and I am thankful for this new opportunity, which will help keep residents and first responders of Chillicothe safer,” said Chappell. Chappell stated that he was pleased that the city was awarded the grant, thanks to the efforts of Chief Darrell Wright and his staff. “The portable fire extinguisher training system for which it provides will help our firefighters train each other and also the business community.” The AFG Program is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards, Chappell said. These grants are awarded directly to fire and public safety departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responder personnel. Since 2001, AFG has provided about $6.7 billion to first-responder organizations.