Barletta Announces Federal Grants for Local Fire Departments

Sep 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that two local fire departments in Pennsylvania’s 11th District will receive a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.  Elysburg Fire Department will receive a total of $18,190 and Herndon Fire Company No. 1 will receive a total of $216,667.  Barletta has been a longtime supporter of the AFG program, having made repeated requests to House Appropriations Committee leaders for continued support and funding. 

“Our fire departments and emergency responders are the first line of defense in our neighborhoods when disaster strikes, and with the help of these grants, we can ensure they have the funding, personnel, and equipment they need to stay safe while protecting our communities,” Barletta said.  “I remain proud to support our local fire departments and will continue to ensure they have all the resources they need keep our families and loved ones safe.”

The primary goal of the AFG program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.  Since 2001, the AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. 

For more information on the AFG program, please visit https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program. Additionally, interested organizations may contact Mike Shay at Rep. Barletta’s Hazleton office at (570) 751-0050 or by email at Michael.Shay@mail.house.gov.

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