Casey, Specter Announce over $509K in Grants Going to Southwestern 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 $509,260 to ten 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 13th round of AFG grants for Fiscal Year 2009.

Fire Department, City, Amount
Marion Township Volunteer Fire Company, Boyers, $84,645
Murrysville Medic One, Murrysville, $25,623
Ingomar Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, Pittsburgh, $94,500
Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department, Saltsburg, $43,521
Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company, Black Lick, $50,673
Franklin Borough Volunteer Fire Dept, Johnstown, $49,324
Etna Volunteer Fire Department, Pittsburgh, $26,030
Chesnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company, Stahlstown, $54,507
Peters Township Fire Department, McMurray, $49,400
Kirwan Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeville, $31,037