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GARY — The city's Fire Department has received a $261,364 federal grant to assist with operations and safety.

The grant is offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

Generally, the grant program assists first-responder organizations like Gary's fire department in obtaining emergency response equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, personal protective equipment and training, the release stated. 

The department's fire chief, Paul Bradley, said in the release he is honored his department is one of the program's grantees. He said the funds will be used for physical examinations for all fire department personnel, fitness equipment and a training facility.

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"We believe that a healthy firefighter constitutes a healthy fire department, thus enabling us to better serve our city," Bradley said.  

In the news release, Visclosky commended Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Bradley for "successfully identifying and securing this federal grant."

"I am pleased that this funding will further assist the brave members of the Gary Fire Department who put their lives on the line every day to respond to residents in times of need and keep our communities safe," Visclosky said.  

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.