Casey, Specter Announce over $1.3 Million in Grants Going to Southwestern Pennsylvania Fire Companies for Operations and Safety

Funding includes over $526K for City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire

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 $1,335,582 to eighteen 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 11th round of AFG grants for Fiscal Year 2009.

Fire Department, City, Amount

Cresson Volunteer Fire Department, Cresson, $39,900
Herman Volunteer Fire Company, Butler, $73,388
Medical Rescue Team South Authority, Pittsburgh, $32,458
Marguerite Volunteer Fire Department, Latrobe, $54,863
Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Company, New Castle, $58,820
East Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company #1, Fredericktown, $74,319
New Baltimore & Area Vol Fire Co., New Baltimore, $22,308
Whitehall Fire Company, Pittsburgh, $17,628
Springdale Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. #1, Harwick, $31,825
Sardis Volunteer Fire Company, Murrysville, $38,000
Midway-St Clair VFD, Greensburg, $34,765
North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department, New Castle, $51,775
United Vol. Fire & Rescue, New Eagle, $17,100
City of McKeesport Fire Department, McKeesport, $108,630
Lyndora Volunteer Fire Company, Lyndora, $46,478
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Pittsburgh, $526,355
New Centerville & Rural Volunteer Fire Company, Rockwood, $17,100
New Eagle Volunteer Fire Company, New Eagle, $89,870