Five volunteer fire companies in Beaver and Lawrence counties were recently awarded state grants for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires, according to Senator Elder Vogel.
The grant recipients are: Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, Hookstown, Beaver County, $2,500; Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co., New Castle, Lawrence County, $7,500; Scott Township Volunteer, New Castle, Lawrence County, $6,181; Wampum Volunteer Fire Department, Wampum, Lawrence County, $7,500; Wurtemburg-Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ellwood City, Lawrence County, $1,537.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to our volunteer firefighters,” Senator Vogel said. “They provide a tremendous and invaluable service to our communities. With these grants, Pennsylvania can show its support for their work and help them buy new equipment or receive essential training.”
The grants of up to $7,500 were offered under the program to volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities with fewer than 10,000 residents and where forest and brush fires are common.
Funds from the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, performing wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles to be used for fire suppression.
DCNR gave priority to requests for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.