BROOKVILLE - In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, grant funding totaling approximately $17,421 has been awarded to four rural fire companies in the 66th Legislative District, announced Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana). The funds are to be used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.
“Firefighters in rural areas with densely forested areas are faced with many unique challenges and are in need of additional firefighting equipment that most urban companies do not need,” said Dush. “That is why these grants are so vital. Volunteer fire companies already largely operate on shoestring budgets so these grants to help with the purchase of specialized gear and vehicles, as well as training, are extremely important to public safety.”
Volunteer fire organizations in the 66th Legislative District to receive grants are as follows:
• Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Department, $8,000.
• Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department, $2,894.
• Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, $3,935.
• Plumville District Volunteer Fire Department, $2,592.
Dush confirmed the funding can be used for purchasing wildfire-suppression equipment, protective clothing, mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training; and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles for fire suppression.
The grant program, appropriated through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12.5 million since it began in 1982.
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Representative Cris Dush
66th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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