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Shuster Congratulates Phoenix Fire Department on $118,000 Fire Grant

WashingtonCongressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that Phoenix Steam Fire Engine Co. #1 in Hollidaysburg has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) in the amount of $118,750. The funds will be used to purchase an In-House Cascade/Compressor System for breathing apparatuses and all new hydraulic rescue equipment.

“This is outstanding news for the firefighters at the Phoenix Fire Department and the people of Central Pennsylvania,” Shuster said.  “This funding will allow them to replace equipment that is more than 30 years old and help the firefighters better serve the people of Blair County with the latest in modern fire fighting equipment.”

This fire prevention grant, secured with the support of Shuster, will be used to purchase an In-House Cascade/Compressor system, which allows the firefighters to refill their air packs. The grant will also allow them to replace all of their hydraulic rescue equipment, which includes cutters, spreaders and other tools used for cases of entrapment.

“We want to thank Congressman Bill Shuster for helping us to get the grant and FEMA for providing it. When we come across accidents that involve entrapment, using older equipment can be extremely difficult to cut the steel now used in today’s cars. This new equipment is going to be a huge asset for us,” said Allen Rhine, Assistant Fire Chief Phoenix Fire Department.

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. The 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.