April 09, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $44,000 for Star City Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. —  U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that the Star City Volunteer Fire Department will receive more than $44,000 in funding through Round 17 of the Department of Homeland Security’s 2011 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, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities.

“Our first responders are truly on the frontlines of keeping their communities safe, and we want to make sure they’re fully prepared and equipped in their mission,” said Senator Manchin, who worked with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County. “With this grant, the Star City Volunteer Fire Department will be able to get more of the equipment and tools they need to protect West Virginians.”  

“First responders are the backbone of public safety and I thank them for their incredible service,” said Rockefeller. “These firefighters continuously risk their lives every day to protect the safety of the people in Star City.  This important grant will help give our brave first responders the tools and equipment they need to keep the Star City community safe and secure.”

AFG grants are funded through the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. During 2011, the AFG will award $380 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.