Shuster Congratulates South Connelsville Volunteer Fire Co. on $61,000 Fire Grant08/07/13
Washington– Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that South Connelsville Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program – Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), in the amount of $61,281. The funds will be used to purchase new digital radios and make the department compliant with Fayette County’s new digital regulations.
“This is great news for the firefighters at the South Connelsville Volunteer Fire Company and the people of Fayette County,” Shuster said. “This funding will allow them to better communicate with first responders throughout the county and help keep safe their firefighters who risk their lives every day to protect our communities.”
This fire prevention grant, secured with the support of Shuster, will be used to purchase 12 portable digital radios, 15 digital pagers, and 4 digital radios for their fire trucks.
“We would like to thank the Congressman for all his help in getting this fire grant. Nowadays, money is hard to come by for firehouses and this has been a huge burden lifted off our chests,” said South Connelsville Fire Chief Steve Helms.
“This grant is very important to us and couldn’t have come at a better time. Without it we wouldn’t have been able to communicate with the new 911 Center and it’s so important to helping us maintain the safety of our firefighters and the community,” Helms added.
The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Then objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid-off due to the economy.