Governor DeWine awards $7.7 million for first responder welfare
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that 20 local first responder agencies will receive a total of $7.7 million to help them increase their workforces to ensure a comprehensive emergency response coverage.
The grants represent the second round of the new Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program. To date, Governor DeWine has awarded $9.4 million to 46 Ohio agencies through this program, which addresses first responder wellness needs such as stress and burnout caused by lack of staff.
“By helping our first responder agencies increase their staffing levels, we hope to alleviate the stress of current staff taking on additional responsibilities,” Governor DeWine said.
A total of approximately $75 million will be awarded to law enforcement agencies, dispatch centers, fire departments and emergency medical services agencies under this program over the coming months. .
Entities receiving a grant under the second round of Ohio’s First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program are:
- Athens County 911 will receive $285,893.96 to hire two full-time dispatchers.
- Athens County Emergency Medical Services will receive $341,520.60 to hire two full-time paramedics.
- Bethesda Fire Department (Belmont County) will receive $209,294.40 to hire a full-time EMT, a full-time EMTA, and a full-time paramedic.
- Brook Park Police and Fire Department (Cuyahoga County) will receive $220,773.84 to hire a full-time firefighter/paramedic.
- Sorrow Valley Expedition (Cuyahoga County) will receive $556,267.38 to hire three full-time dispatchers.
- Township of Copley Fire Department (Summit County) will receive $472,170.21 to hire two full-time firefighters/paramedics.
- Franklin Township Fire and EMS (County of Clermont) will receive $856,554.76 to hire a full-time captain, a full-time lieutenant, three full-time firefighters/paramedics and a part-time firefighter/paramedic.
- Highland Heights Fire Department (Cuyahoga County) will receive $219,504 to hire a full-time firefighter/paramedic.
- Hocking Township Fire Department (Fairfield County) will receive $701,515.52 hire four full-time firefighters/paramedics.
- Indian Lake EMS (Logan County) will receive $222,397.68 to hire a full-time paramedic/paramedic.
- Kirtland Fire Department (Lake County) will receive $589,060.17 to hire three full-time firefighters/paramedics.
- Lakemore Police Department (Summit County) will receive $127,021.44 to hire a full-time agent.
- Marion County Sheriff’s Office will receive $388,995.56 to hire two full-time assistants and a full-time dispatcher.
- Marion Police Station (Marion County) will receive $194,465.56 to hire a full-time agent.
- Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium Regional Council of Governments (Franklin County) will receive $630,474 to hire three full-time dispatchers.
- Monroe Township Fire Department (Licking County) will receive $796,610.24 to hire four full-time firefighters.
- North Hampton Police Department (Clark County) will receive $150,047.60 to hire a full-time agent.
- Port Clinton Fire and Rescue (County of Ottawa) will receive $220,964.04 to hire a full-time assistant chef.
- Stonelick Township Fire Department (County of Clermont) will receive $338,225 to hire two full-time firefighters/paramedics.
- Wayne Township Fire and Rescue Service (County of Clermont) will receive $182,575.05 to hire a full-time firefighter/paramedic.
The Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Program is administered by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. The program provides funding for initiatives that support wellness programs addressing mental, physical and emotional health issues specific to first responders; recruitment and retention efforts to restore workforce levels; integration and training costs; and explorer programs to engage young adults in first responder careers. This funding includes approximately $1.3 million that was awarded to multiple service providers statewide in June.
The program is funded under the $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly dedicated to first responders last year to help address a variety of pressing issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased stress and declining staff numbers.
Governor DeWine has also placed greater emphasis on the welfare of first responders through the creation of the Ohio Bureau of First Responder Welfare within the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The new statewide office focuses exclusively on the well-being of first responders and provides specialized support and training to help emergency response agencies proactively deal with post-stress stress. traumatic and other trauma caused by factors specific to first responder careers.
Another first responder aid developed by Governor DeWine since taking office in 2019 includes the creation of the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center, Ohio School Safety Center, Ohio Bureau of Law Enforcement Recruitment, Ohio Prisoner Extradition Reimbursement Program, Ohio Body Worn Camera Grant Program, Ohio Ballistic Testing Initiative, Ohio Crime Lab Efficiency Program, Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program, Ohio Court Backlog Reduction Programand the new Database of electronic mandates.