Barletta Announces Firefighter Grant Application Period
Rep. Barletta visits Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company during one of his Main Street Tours of Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today announced that the application period is open to apply for Assistance to Firefighter Grants, a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Since 2001, the program has been designed to meet the needs of firefighters and emergency responders by funding equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources. The application period is now open and runs through Friday, November 18, 2016.
“As a former mayor of my hometown of Hazleton, I know how difficult it can be for local fire departments to make ends meet,” Barletta said. “Our first responders are the first line of defense for our homes and businesses, and we must do everything we can to get them the tools they need. My office stands ready to assist local fire companies in applying for these vital grants.”
For more information, interested organizations may contact Mike Shay in Rep. Barletta’s Hazleton office at (570) 751-0050 or by email at Michael.Shay@mail.house.gov.
Prospective applicants may visit FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant webpage at: https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.
Barletta has been a longtime supporter of the Assistance to Firefighter Grants program, having made repeated requests to House Appropriations Committee leaders for continued support and funding. He has promoted the support of benefits for first responders, particularly those who directly suffered the effects of September 11, 2001. In addition, Barletta successfully led the fight to protect volunteer fire and emergency companies from the ravages of Obamacare, which could have caused many stations to close their doors because of financial burdens associated with the employer mandate provision. Under pressure from Barletta, the Internal Revenue Service changed its rule governing the employer mandate and specifically exempted firefighters from Obamacare, though Barletta continues to pursue legislation to formalize it in federal law. For his efforts, Barletta was named 2014 Legislator of the Year by the National Volunteer Fire Council. When embarking on one of his Main Street Tours of the 11th District, Barletta usually begins his visit with a stop at the local fire house.