2009-01-22 / Front Page

Local Fire Companies Get Grants


Three area fire companies were among a long list of fire companies and EMS providers in Bedford and Fulton counties slated to receive grant monies, Rep. Dick Hess of the 78th Legislative District stated in a special announcement.

Hess said the grant program will allow for a total disbursement of $180,000 to 23 organizations within the two county region in 2009. The grant program was first approved by the General Assembly and signed into law into 2000. The monies are awarded through the Pennsylvania Office of the fire commissioner as part of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

"With each sector of society suffering through hard economic times, ensuring local fire companies and emergency services personnel are able to execute their jobs remains an important priority," said Hess. "These men and women volunteer countless hours in saving our lives and protecting our properties. I am proud of the fine job that each of them do."

Among local companies scheduled to get grant funding is the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co., which will receive $9,500 for its fire services and an additional $4,916.86 for its EMS Unit. The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will receive $11,181.22 for its fire unit and $4,916.86 for EMS operations.

In addition, the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. will also receive $4,916.86 for EMS operations as well as $9,686.46 for its fire company.

Hess concluded companies awarded the grant can utilize the funding to purchase new equipment, such as personal protection gear, and can make repairs to existing apparatus.

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