Specter and Casey Announce Funding For Northwest Pennsylvania Fire Companies

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced today that the Department of Homeland Security has approved funding for several fire companies in Northwest 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.”
“Firefighters are our friends and neighbors, 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 job,” said Senator Casey. “This money will provide valuable assistance to the fire departments of Pennsylvania.”

The funding is contained in Round 6 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2009 Fire Grants Award announcements.  These awards are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  

The AFG programs are designed to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.  In Fiscal Year 2009, the AFG program awarded approximately $565 million directly to fire departments and EMS organizations for operations and safety programs, as well as vehicle acquisition.

Funding has been approved for the following companies in Northwest Pennsylvania:

Mercer County:
•    $16,150 for Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department

Potter County:
•    $53,913 for Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co.

Venango County:
•    $59,375 for Oil City Fire Department
•    $12,730 for Pinegrove Twp. V.F.D


More information on the AFG program can be found at:
http://www.firegrantsupport.com/  or call the toll free help line at: 866-274-0960

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