March 29, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $20,425 Grant for Weston Volunteer Fire Department

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

Washington, D.C. – United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. will receive $20,425 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 devoted firefighters, who ensure 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.”

“Firefighters provide life-saving services to people in our communities every day,” Rockefeller said. “We owe it to these hard working men and women to provide them with the most up-to-date resources and equipment they need to do their jobs.  I’m pleased that the Weston Volunteer Fire Department will receive money to improve the tools and training needed in order to continue keeping us safe and secure.”

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