January 31, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Three WV Fire Departments

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $167,000 in federal funding for three West Virginia fire departments to purchase safety equipment and strengthen professional training.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect families and homes,” said Rockefeller. “They set a true example of bravery and selflessness through their service to our communities. This funding will help West Virginia’s firefighters by providing professional training and equipment for wellness and fitness programs that will prepare them for future emergency responses. Importantly, it will also help departments purchase safety equipment to keep firefighters safe while they keep us safe.” 

“My experiences working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County will forever remind me of the hard work of our first responders and their incredible dedication to our communities,” Manchin said. “These grants help our volunteer fire departments receive the equipment, tools and personnel they need to make sure West Virginians are safe and secure day in and day out.”

The award will help fund professional training of firefighters, equipment for wellness programs, protective equipment, and other safety supplies. The funding comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, a competitive grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The individual award amounts are:
• McKinleyville Volunteer Fire Department, Wellsburg, WV, $104,500
• Triadelphia Volunteer Fire Department, Triadelphia, WV, $14,335
• Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department, Tunnelton, WV, $48,759