May 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $97,584 in federal funding for the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new equipment to keep their firefighters safe on the job. 

“The Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department keeps families and homes in Lewisburg and across Greenbrier County safe.  And we must do all we can to protect those volunteer firefighters while they’re on the job,” said Rockefeller. “Providing our firefighters with safety equipment is critical to their safety and ours as they fearlessly approach dangerous situations, often risking their own lives to save their friends and neighbors. Our firefighters are so dedicated to our communities and in return, we need to support them as well.”

“I believe in our firefighters, who are dedicated to our communities and who protect the health and safety of the people of West Virginia day in and day out,” said Manchin. “My experience working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County has allowed me to appreciate their hard work firsthand. This funding will give Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department the resources and equipment they need to operate safely and efficiently.”

The funding will help the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department purchase 23 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, which each firefighter must wear whenever entering a hazardous situation like a fire. The apparatuses will replace out-of-date equipment, and will help Lewisburg’s firefighters breathe clean oxygen on the job.

Funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, a competitive grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), helps fire departments purchase personal protection equipment and rescue equipment.