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Altoona Firefighters Receive Funds for New Training

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa.– U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) announced today that the Altoona Fire Department has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

“The Altoona Fire Department provides countless essential lifesaving services to our community, and I’m pleased to see it will receive funding for additional training,” said Rep. Shuster. “These training and certification programs will result in improved safety and more efficient operations, all in the name of providing better service to the residents of Altoona.”

The City of Altoona Fire Department was awarded $64,155 through an AFG operations and safety grant, which “will provide valuable education and certification to the City of Altoona Fire Department,” said Michael Tofano, Altoona Deputy Fire Chief. “The funding will lead to continued training and education that will make both the members of the department and citizens of Altoona safer,” said Patrick Miller, President of the Altoona Firefighters.

“This grant money will be put to good use to make sure that our firefighters are receiving training that helps keep our residents safe, and to remain as one of the top fire departments in Pennsylvania,” said Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico. “Thank you to Congressman Shuster for once again supporting our local firefighters and assisting them through the grant process.”

Established in 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is designed to help meet the needs of firefighters, emergency responders, and emergency medical organizations. Funds from the AFG are used to purchase a variety of critical emergency service supplies including new equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and additional resources that local departments need to continue protecting the public.

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