Montgomery County, MD – Today, the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association announced their endorsement of State Senator Roger Manno for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
Founded over 95 years ago, the Association represents the professional volunteer men and women who serve as firefighters, rescuers, EMTs, paramedics, and administrative members in 19 local volunteer fire and rescue departments in Montgomery County. With over 2,400 members, the Association remains as one of the largest and most active organizations of its kind, working to strengthen and grow the volunteer system in Montgomery County. These proud volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours each year, save County taxpayers countless millions of dollars, and provide residents with the highest quality of emergency care in the country. Working side by side with career firefighters in 38 fire and rescue stations, taking the same training and meeting the same requirements as the career members, the volunteers of the Association are dedicated to saving lives twenty-four hours a day.
Discussing the endorsement, President Marcine D. Goodloe said, “We strongly support Senator Manno, his past work and advocation for the combination fire and rescue service, and his staunch defense of volunteers fully participating in serving their community. His knowledge, abilities, and skills are unmatched and he will represent the residents of the 6th Congressional District with vigor, distinction, and honor. We are proud to lend our support and endorsement to him!”
The MCVFRA’s Executive Director Eric Bernard added, “Roger has worked tirelessly at the state and federal levels bettering the fire rescue service. He has tremendous determination and unmatched experience to lead from the moment he takes office. No one is better prepared to be in Congress and no one is better at advocating for fire, rescue and EMS service than Roger!”
Earlier in his career, as a staff member in Congress, Roger Manno helped local fire departments apply for federal Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, both of which are critical funding programs for first responders. In Annapolis, Senator Manno has fought for increases in AMOSS funding, increased funding for service-connected cancers, and a range of capital and operational funding for local fire departments.
“Montgomery County’s fire and rescue volunteers are selfless heroes in the service of human lives. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude, and they deserve the strongest level of support that our elected leaders can provide,” stated Manno. “I am honored to have their support and I look forward to our continuing work together.”
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