December 23, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Grant for Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department

Federal Funds Awarded through Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County will receive $97,901 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety.

“First responders are the backbone for our public safety. With this much-needed grant they will be better equipped to protect the people of this community,” said Rockefeller. “These funds represent an important commitment by the federal government to make sure our first responders have everything they need to do their crucial, life-saving job.”

“Our first responders protect our greatest treasures – our families,” said Manchin. “Their brave service ensures that our communities are protected, and we owe them our deepest gratitude. We should do all we can to help our firefighters do their jobs, and I am pleased that this grant will support their efforts to keep us all safe.” 

For Fiscal Year 2011, the AFG program will award nearly $380 million in direct assistance to fire department and emergency medical service organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations and emergency response capabilities. Funding can be used to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment and vehicles.

AFG grants are funded through the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Rockefeller and Manchin have consistently supported funding for this and other grant programs to ensure adequate funding and resources for America’s first responders.