The state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded nearly $ 22,000 in grants to five fire companies in Perry and Juniata counties to help them purchase supplies and equipment to fight the fires forest.
“Our first responders take their responsibility to protect communities and our natural resources very seriously and an important way to show our appreciation is to ensure they have the tools and resources they need,” Governor Tom Wolf said in announcing the award of grants to dozens of small fire companies across the state on Aug. 18.
Locally, three fire companies in Perry County and two in Juniata received grants worth $ 21,597, according to the state. They are:
- Duncannon Fire Company, Duncannon, $ 10,000
- East Waterford Community Fire Company, East Waterford, $ 3,100
- Fayette Fire Company, McAlisterville, $ 1,569
- Shermans Dale Community Fire Company, Shermans Dale, $ 5,693
- Tuscarora Wildland Fire Team, Newport, $ 1,235.
The grants were given to companies to purchase forest fire suppression equipment and protective gear for firefighters, according to the DCNR. Grants can also be used for mobile communication equipment and portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, forest fire prevention and mitigation work, firefighter training in forest firefighting. or the conversion and maintenance of federal surplus vehicles for the work.
The maximum grant available to organizations was $ 10,000 and the rewards could not exceed half of the actual spending of local nonprofits in the agreements, according to the state.
Officials thanked the firefighters for their continued commitment to their communities and those who join DCNR’s wildland fire teams helping in other states.
“We are grateful to the men and women who are helping fight bush and forest fires across the Commonwealth and hope that these grants will help ensure public safety,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, in the ad. “Having well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters is essential to protect our forests and wilderness, especially as we see rising temperatures globally. “
State Fire Marshal Bruce Trego also stressed the importance of supporting firefighters.
“Clearly, wildfires continue to grab our attention, particularly as other states grapple with their crippling impacts.” Trego said. “As Pennsylvania heads into its wildland fire season, there’s no better time to focus on getting the resources our first responders need. “
This year, DCNR awarded more than $ 600,000 in forest firefighting grants to businesses in rural areas and small towns with fewer than 10,000 residents, according to the state. Last year, he donated $ 591,000 to 109 volunteer fire companies. The money comes from federal grants through the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. The programs have awarded $ 14.5 million since 1982.
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