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Shuster Congratulates Farmington Volunteer Fire Department on $115,000 Grant

Washington - Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that Farmington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) in the amount of $115,235. The funds will be used to purchase and replace all radios department wide.

“This is great news for the first responders at Farmington Volunteer Fire Department and the people they serve and protect every day,” Shuster said.  “This grant will allow them to buy all new radios for the department and allow them to communicate with various first responder units across the region, which is so vital for providing a safe community for the people of Fayette County.”

The grant will cover the purchase of 35 portable and mobile radios making the fire department P-25 Compliant. P-25 is a standard for digital radio communications used by federal, state and local public safety agencies to enable them to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.

“Had we not received this grant we could have never done this because of the expense,” said Brian VanSickle, Fire Chief of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.  “We are very thankful for this grant program and for Congressman Shuster being a strong proponent of it. We want to thank the Congressman for this grant and all the work he does in the district for us.”

The primary goal of the AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.