June 06, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Volunteer Fire Departments

Fairlea, Newburg, Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Departments Receive Funding

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $222,481 in federal funding for the Fairlea, Newburg, and Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Departments to purchase new safety equipment and prevent fire-related injuries and deaths.

“Volunteer firefighters in West Virginia are our selfless heroes who constantly put themselves on the front lines by protecting our communities, homes, and families from harm. The very least we can do for their service is to make sure they are equipped with the best available safety protections the next time they are called to action,” said Rockefeller. “I am happy to announce this grant funding for the Fairlea, Newburg, and Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Departments so they can make important investments in fire safety equipment and fire prevention.”

“While working with Marion County’s volunteer rescue squad, I witnessed firsthand that our firefighters and first responders are truly on the frontlines of keeping West Virginians safe,” said Manchin. “With this grant, the Fairlea, Newburg and Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Departments will have access to the state-of-the-art tools and equipment that are necessary to protect our communities.”

“Grants like this one for Fairlea provide lifeline funding for local fire departments across our State and Nation and I am committed to ensuring they remain a top priority in the Federal budget,” said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over FEMA. “This funding is critically important in providing lifesaving assistance for our State’s and Nation’s firefighters who make sacrifices day and night for our families and communities.”

Funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), helps fire departments purchase new equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to keep communities safe from fire-related hazards.

The below fire departments received the following amounts:

• $74,053 – Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department – Fairlea, WV: The Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department received an Operations and Safety grant, which helps equip fire departments with personal protection equipment, rescue equipment, and emergency vehicles. It also helps fund professional training and equipment for wellness programs.

• $97,603 – Newburg Volunteer Fire Department – Newburg, WV: The Newburg Volunteer Fire Department also received an Operations and Safety grant.

• $50,825 – Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Department – Morgantown, WV: The Triune-Halleck Volunteer Fire Department received a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, which helps enhance the safety of firefighters and the public from fire and fire-related hazards, and is aimed at reducing fire-related injuries and deaths.