County fire companies get federal grants
Two Schuylkill County fire companies received grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently.
The Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company No. 1 and Mcadoo Fire Company Inc. both received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, awarded Sept. 8.
The grants are to “enhance through direct financial assistance, the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to provide a continuum of support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical and all hazard events,” according to the program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency distributes the funds.
Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company No. 1 received $17,810 under the Operations and Safety category, which can fund professional training, personal protective equipment and other approved uses. The funds will be used for ventilation and stabilization equipment for use in fire suppression and rescue efforts, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, said in a statement.
Michael Strouse, chief of the fire company, is thankful for the money.
“It will help us purchase equipment that we can’t normally get,” he said.
Mcadoo Fire Company received $5,834, also under the Operations and Safety category. The funds will go toward allowing firefighters to complete a Firefighter I education course, which is through the State Fire Academy.
“I am a proud advocate of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which ensures firefighters and rescue personnel have the equipment and training they need. The men and women of the Deer Lake & West Brunswick and Mcadoo fire companies risk their lives to keep our communities safe. These funds will support them in this noble work and help keep them safe,” Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, said.