Casey, Specter Announce over $1.1 Million in Grants Going to Southwestern Pennsylvania Fire Companies

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $1,162,013 to eight fire companies in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Firefighters are invaluable members of the 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 fire departments of southwestern Pennsylvania.”

“These fire prevention and safety programs will help protect the citizens of Pennsylvania and the firefighters who risk their lives every day,” Senator Specter said.  “I commend the Department of Homeland Security for recognizing this priority and for its continued support of our nation’s fire services.”

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 the responders’ themselves. This is the 15th round of AFG grants for Fiscal Year 2009.

Fire Department, City, Purpose, Amount
Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department, Saltsburg, Vehicle Acquisition, $261,250
Brush Valley Twp. Vol. Fire Co. Relief Association, Homer City, Operations and Safety, $10,213
Citizens Volunteer Fire Co. #1, Arnold, Vehicle Acquisition, $617,500
Sewickley Township Volunteer Fire Company No.4, Hutchinson, Operations and Safety, $83,287
Stoystown Volunteer Fire Company, Stoystown, Operations and Safety, $38,000
Wilmore Volunteer Fire Company, Wilmore, Operations and Safety, $38,475
Cresson Volunteer Fire Department, Cresson, Operations and Safety, $39,900
Herman Volunteer Fire Company, Butler, Operations and Safety, $73,388