Rep. Barletta announces $770,000 in grants to local fire departments
HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that two local fire departments will receive almost $771,000 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.
The East Stroudsburg Volunteer Fire Department will receive two grants totaling $694,688: a $570,000 grant for vehicle acquisition, and a $124,688 grant for operations and safety.
The Benton Volunteer Fire Company will receive a $76,190 grant for operations and safety.
“As a former mayor, I know how critical it is to fund public safety programs, and these FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help East Stroudsburg and Benton provide vital safety and security for their residents and the firefighters themselves,” Rep. Barletta said. “In these challenging economic times, these grants will be welcome news to the firefighters and residents of these communities.”
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
More rounds of 2011 AFG program awards are expected.