HARRISBURG – State grants totaling $19,318 were awarded for volunteer fire companies in the 33rd Senatorial District, according to Senator Richard Alloway (R-33).
The grant program is administered by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Five area fire companies are receiving funds out of 132 grants awarded statewide.
- Adams County
- Gettysburg Fire Department: $6,458.
- Cumberland County
- Cumberland Valley Hose Company No. 2, Shippensburg: $5,000
- Vigilant Hose Company No. 1, Shippensburg: $1,110.
- Franklin County
- Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company: $4,500
- Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Company: $2,250.
Alloway said the objective of the grant program is to assist rural volunteer fire companies guard against the threat of wildfires.
“We are blessed to have such a strong, dedicated and passionate contingent of volunteer fire departments in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties, and this funding will enhance their efforts in ensuring our safety,” said Alloway.
Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualified for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. The funding may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.
Grant recipients were selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds
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