County fire com­pa­nies get fed­eral grants

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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.

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