Rep. Barletta announces grants for local fire departments

Dec 13, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that two local fire departments will receive a total of almost $300,000 in grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

The Scranton Fire Department will receive $160,000.

Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 1 in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, will receive $125,400.

Both grants are for the departments’ “Operations and Safety,” according to FEMA. More rounds of 2011 AFG program awards are expected.

“As a former mayor, I know how critical it is to fund public safety programs, and these FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help two communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania 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 Scranton and Saylorsburg.”

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.