April 21, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $68,000 For Romney Fire Department

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) announced today that Romney Fire Company will receive $67,925 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, as well as to make health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.

“Our committed firefighters, who wake up each morning and leave their families at home, put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities,” Senator Manchin said. “They make sure that the people of West Virginia are safe, and my experience working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County has allowed me to appreciate their hard work firsthand. These grants will provide our first responders at the Romney Fire Company with the tools needed to make sure they are trained and equipped to respond to any emergency quickly and efficiently.”  

“When our local firefighters are called to action, we must be sure they are fully equipped to do their job and help people in their time of need,” said Rockefeller. “This funding will make sure the Romney Fire Company can respond effectively to fires and public safety situations. Investing in our first responders is critical to the overall well-being of our communities.”

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. AFG provides firefighters and other first responders with equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.