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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Casey today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $81,083 to two fire departments in Schuylkill County. 

“Firefighters are invaluable members of our community and they work tirelessly to ensure our safety. It is critical that we do everything in our power to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to perform their jobs,” said Senator Casey. “This money will provide valuable assistance to the firefighters of Schuylkill County.”

Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company in Weston will receive $28,215 for operations and safety.

West End Hose Company #7 in Pottsville will receive $52,868 for operations and safety.

Federal funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) which aims to strengthen the Nation’s first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well as the responders’ themselves. This is the seventh round of AFG grants for Fiscal Year 2010.