April 14, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $102,381 For City of Parkersburg Fire Department

Federal funds awarded through Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs

Washington, D.C. – United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the City of Parkersburg Fire Department will receive $102,381 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment, for wellness and fitness, and to make health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.

“I believe in our dedicated firefighters, who protect the health and safety of the people of West Virginia, and my experience working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County has allowed me to appreciate their hard work firsthand,” Senator Manchin said. “These grants will provide our first responders – who sacrifice so much – with the tools needed to make sure that they can quickly respond to West Virginians in times of need.”

“The people of West Virginia depend on first responders and the brave work they do to keep us safe and secure – and we want to thank them for the incredible service they provide,” said Rockefeller. “The funding provided by this grant is great news for West Virginia. It will supply our first responders with the tools and equipment they need to continue their work protecting our communities.”

AFG grants are funded through the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.