(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – DeWine announced today that 72 local first responder agencies will receive a total of $28 million to help support the wellness and staffing needs of Ohio’s first responders.
The grants represent the fifth round of the Ohio First Responder Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience Program. To date, money that has awarded $49 million to 219 Ohio agencies as part of this program, which aims to address burnout caused by understaffing and overall job stress.
A total of approximately $75 million will be awarded to law enforcement agencies, dispatch centers, fire departments, and emergency medical services agencies as part of the program.
The Eagle Joint Fire District will receive $1,974 to give employees and their families access to up to five free professional counseling sessions per year.
The Youngstown Police Department will receive $36,000 to provide access to an online wellness app that provides confidential wellness support.