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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's foundation is providing a grant to the Hagerstown Fire Department. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the United States, with an emphasis on support for K-9 units and service dogs.

The fire department  receive the grant to purchase a trained explosives detection K-9 and to fund training for the dog's handler.

Hagerstown Fire Chief Kyd Dieterich said that the department is grateful the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation recognizes this need in our community, and we're even more excited to have an explosives detection K-9 dedicated to the fire department.

Having the dog and handler will significantly improve response times for those calls where there's a greater potential for damage to people and property. The Hagerstown Fire Department will be able to provide greater services to our citizens without any cost to the taxpayers.

Hagerstown Fire Marshal Douglas DeHaven said the Hagerstown Police Department retired its explosives K-9 several years ago, and city Police Chief Mark Holtzman made the fire marshal's office aware of the foundation.

Several months ago, we applied for this grant, and we are very excited that it has been awarded to the Hagerstown Fire Department, DeHaven said.

Having the dog will not only improve our response time, but it will also help with prevention, he said. "We have many large events in the city, and this will be a great asset when dealing with large crowds."

Deputy Fire Marshal Dale G. Fishack will be the dog's handler, according to DeHaven.

Some information provided by Herald Mail.