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Howard fire department gets U.S. grant

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services announced that it was awarded $544,060 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The department said the funds will be used to further initiatives to enhance firefighter tracking and safety during significant incidents and other emergencies, specifically for an electronic personal accountability system to allow a commanding officer to track the location and function of all firefighters during an emergency.

The latest grant brings to more than $1.8 million the amount of federal fire grant funding the county department has received since 2001.