Specter and Casey Announce Funding For Southwest 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 Southwest 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 Southwest Pennsylvania:

Allegheny County:
•    $33,440 for Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Company
•    $29,664 for West Deer Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 3

Cambria County:
•    $64,054 for Summerhill Township Volunteer Fire Company

Clearfield County:
•    $55,884 for Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department

Fayette County:
•    $46,645 for Rostraver Central Volunteer Fire Company

Washington County:
•    $19,380 for South Strabane FD

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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