August 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $850,000 to Boost Fire Prevention and Safety Operations in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, Hooverston Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Cora Volunteer Fire Department and Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs.

“My experience working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County allowed me to witness first-hand the incredibly honorable hard work and commitment first responders demonstrate day in and day out,” Senator Manchin said. “It is so important that we provide our local fire departments with the essential resources to keep our communities safe. With these grants, our fire departments will have access to state-of-the-art protection and rescue equipment needed to respond to all types of emergencies.”

“Every day West Virginia firefighters, including many volunteers, dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Capito. “This funding will provide local fire departments throughout the state with the means necessary to purchase safety equipment that will enable our first responders to properly act during emergency situations.”

A program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is to supply critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary to protect local communities. The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program is also a program of FEMA, and it supports projects that improves the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards.

Individual funding amounts are listed below:                                                            

• $693,481 – Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherdstown (AFG funding)

• $95,239 – Hooverston Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Follansbee (AFG funding)

• $31,334 – Cora Volunteer Fire Department, Cora (FP&S funding)

• $29,679  – Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department, Verdunville (FP&S funding)