April 04, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Two WV Fire Departments

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $176,800 in federal funding for two fire departments in West Virginia to purchase safety equipment, and strengthen professional training and wellness programs.

“Volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe, and help us sleep soundly at night,” said Rockefeller. “This funding will help these fire departments safely respond during emergencies to protect the families and homes in Gilbert and Maysville. The tools and training provided by this grant keep these brave volunteers safe on the job so they can keep our communities safe.” 

“My experience working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County allowed me to witness first-hand the incredibly honorable hard work and commitment first responders demonstrate day in and day out,” Manchin said. “It is so important that we provide our local fire departments with the essential resources to keep our communities safe. With these grants, the Maysville Fire Department and the Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department will have access to state-of-the-art protection and rescue equipment, as well as the professional training needed to respond to all types of emergencies.”

“Gilbert’s volunteer firefighters are deservedly proud of their record of service to the Town’s families and businesses,” said Rahall.  “They are on the job 24/7 with their only compensation being the personal satisfaction knowing they have saved lives and property.  Their dedication is the backbone of our Nation’s strength and character.  These federal funds will assist them daily and help level the country’s ability to respond to emergencies even in our small communities. I will continue to fight to protect these funds from the budget axe in the Nation’s Capitol.”

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.  The award also helps fund professional training and equipment for wellness programs.

The below fire departments received the following awards:

• $111,150- Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department – Gilbert, WV
• $65, 693 – Maysville Volunteer Fire Department –Maysville, WV