Four Hancock County fire departments have received money from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for equipment.

A total of $1.2 million was awarded to 127 fire departments in 63 counties in Ohio.

The grants help offset the cost of equipment to local governments.

In Hancock County, fire departments in Washington Township, Arlington, Jenera and Liberty Township each obtained $10,000 for protective clothing and related items.

“This grant helps fire departments get the basic tools and equipment they need to ensure Ohio’s firefighters, and their communities, are safe, sound and secure,” said State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey.

“These funds are especially significant for smaller departments that have tight budgets,” Hussey said.

The grants were issued based on criteria including the fire department’s annual budget, annual number of fire incidents, and the population served by the department.

Fire departments in Fort Jennings and Ottawa also received $10,000 each.