Casey, Specter Announce over $218K in Grants Going to Central Pennsylvania Fire Companies for Operations and Safety

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 $218,584 to four fire companies in central 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 central 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
Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, Byrnedale, $56,810
Yeagertown Volunteer Fire Company, Yeagertown, $15,863
Excelsior Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, Bellwood, $113,278
Mahoning Township Fire Department, Danville, $32,633