July 16, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $300,000 for West Virginia Volunteer Fire Departments

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that $292,808 will be awarded to four West Virginia volunteer fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will help the volunteer fire departments in McMechen, Burlington, Teays Valley and Ridgeley supply critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect their local communities.

“Our dedicated firefighters and first responders are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe, and it is important that are fully prepared and supplied with the necessary training and equipment,” said Senator Manchin, who once worked with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County. “With these grants, our volunteer fire departments will be provided with the tools they need to protect West Virginians.” 

“West Virginia’s volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes and businesses. In return for their incredible and selfless commitment, we have to make sure they have the essential equipment, gear, and skills that will help keep them safe on the job,” said Rockefeller. “This grant funding is critical to making sure our firefighters are trained and properly protected when they’re responding bravely to an emergency situation in one of our communities.”

The individual award amounts are:

• McMechen Volunteer Fire Department — $116,375
• Burlington Volunteer Fire Department — $89,775
• Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department — $48,848
• Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Department — $37,810