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Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company Receives Grant for New Hoses, Nozzles

WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) announced today that the Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company in Altoona has been awarded $21,729 through a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

“The men and women of Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company volunteer to risk their lives for the sake of the community, and they deserve to have modern equipment,” said Rep. Shuster. “One of the most important parts of my job is assisting our local communities and organizations in dealing with federal agencies and helping through the grant process, and I’m very happy to see it result in new equipment for the station.”

Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $21,729 through an AFG operations and safety grant, which will be used to procure a new hoses and nozzles, as part of the station’s ongoing effort to replace a 35-year-old firetruck.

“Some of our hoses are so old that the company wouldn’t even test them anymore,” said Carl Long, Lieutenant. “We are grateful for Congressman Shuster being very supportive over the years, especially in the last year and a half as we have been working to replace this firetruck.”

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.