— In conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) announced today that five rural fire departments in the 65th Legislative District have been awarded approximately $24,017 in grant funding. The funds are to be used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.
“With majority of the Allegheny National Forest located within the 65th Legislative District, it is essential that our rural firefighters are properly trained and equipped to protect its more than 513,000 acres against forest fires,” said Rapp. “This targeted grant program is just one way in which we can assist their efforts to keep our communities and natural resources safe.”
Volunteer fire organizations in the 65th Legislative District to receive grants are as follows:
• Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, $4,500.
• Glade Township Volunteer Fire Department, $2,517.
• Russell Volunteer Fire Department, $10,000.
• Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department, $2,000.
• Townville Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000.
Rapp confirmed the funding can be used for purchasing wildfire-suppression equipment, protective clothing, mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training; and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles for fire suppression.
The grant program, appropriated through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12.5 million since it began in 1982.
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Representative Kathy Rapp
Pennsylvania House of Representatives