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Shuster Congratulates Franklin Co. Dept. of Emergency Services on $36,000 Grant

WashingtonCongressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) in the amount of $36,200. The funds will be used to purchase smoke detectors for high-risk citizens.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services will Work in partnership with the Pleasant Hall Fire Company and the St. Thomas Fire and Rescue Company to install smoke alarms in the homes of older residents and low-income citizens.  This grant will pay to install smoke detectors in approximately 300 homes.

“This is outstanding news for the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services and the people of Franklin County,” Shuster said.  “This agency saw a need in their community and reached out to the local fire departments to help educate and install smoke detectors in homes that need them. This grant will allow them to supply their neighbors with essential smoke alarms and help protect the volunteer fire fighters who risk their lives every day to protect them.”

“I’d like to thank the Congressman for his help in getting this grant. We wanted to reach out to high-risk citizens and make sure they had the help and education they needed. Our goal was to make contact with 2,000 residents and ensure that citizens gain an awareness of the leading fire risks. We also wanted to make homes safer for our citizens and help keep our first responders safe,” said Assistant Director of Franklin County Department of Emergency Services Meghan O’Brien.

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.