Harrisburg – More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help
Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and
other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.
“Across Pennsylvania, 158 volunteer fire companies that serve rural areas and
communities where forest and brush fires are common will benefit from these
funds,” Ferretti said. “To appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained
wildfire fighters, one only has to look outside Pennsylvania to the horrific fires that
sometimes plague other states.”
Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000
residents qualify for the federal aid. Last year, the grant program awarded $505,000 to 130 volunteer companies in Pennsylvania.
“The readiness of these men and women is demonstrated every spring and summer when they answer assistance calls coming from other states, while also responding regularly to local woodland and brush fires,” Ferretti said. “These federal grants allow firefighters from smaller companies to concentrate more on public safety and training while easing their fiscal constraints.”
Grant recipients were named following review of fire company applications meeting a May 2014 deadline. Grants and other assistance are provided through DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service through the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.
The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are
selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.
In reviewing applications, the bureau places priority on applications seeking funds for projects that included purchasing wildfire-suppression equipment and protective clothing.
Grants also were awarded for mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire fighting training, and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles the bureau receives and uses for fire suppression.Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures. The maximum grant awarded was $7,500. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. The
bureau will begin accepting 2015 applications next spring.
Grant information can be obtained from the Bureau of Forestry Division of Forest Fire Protection in Harrisburg. Call 717-787-2925 or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and click on “State Forests.”
Here is a list of awards from counties HoopieWorld.com covers:
Allegheny: North Fayette Volunteer Fire Department, Oakdale, $4,750; Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Department, Carnegie, $3,221; Summit Hose Volunteer Fire
Department No. 3, Tarentum, $3,000;
Armstrong: Bethel Township Volunteer Fire Department, Vandergrift, $7,500; South Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department, Freeport, $3,752;
Beaver: Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department, Hookstown, $4,454; North Sewickley Township Volunteer, Beaver Falls, $1,525; Rochester Township Fire Department No. 1, Rochester, $7,500; Rochester Volunteer Fire Department, Rochester, $7,500; Shippingport Volunteer Fire Department, Shippingport, $3,750;
Bedford: Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Co., Alum Bank, $7,500; Cumberland Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bedford, $7,313;
Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Schellsburg, $7,500;
Blair: Claysburg Volunteer Fire Co., Claysburg, $5,750; Northern Blair County Forest, Tyrone; $3,682;
Butler: Bruin Volunteer Fire Department, Bruin, $2,006; Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Co., Sarver, $5,154; Eau Claire Volunteer Fire Department & Relief
Association, Eau Claire, $3,900; Portersville Muddycreek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Portersville, $2,622; Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Co. & Rescue
Team, Slippery Rock, $1,550;
Cambria: Gallitzin Fire Co. No. 1, Gallitzin, $3,400; Loretto Fire Co., Loretto, $2,792; Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Co., Johnstown, $7,500; Nanty Glo Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Nanty Glo, $2,851;
Clarion: East Brady Volunteer Fire Department, East Brady, $2,323; Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Co., Clarion, $7,500; Washington Township Volunteer, Fryburg, $7,500;
Clearfield: BJW Volunteer Fire Co., Woodland, $4,085; Goshen Volunteer Fire Co., Shawville, $1,530; Lawrence Township Fire Co. No. 1, Clearfield, $3,000; Morris Township Volunteer Fire Co., Morrisdale,$7,500;
Crawford: Fallowfield Fire & Rescue Co., Atlantic, $7,215; Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, Spartansburg, $2,178;
Elk: Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department, Wilcox, $850;
Erie: Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, Edinboro, $2,948; Kuhl Hose Co. Inc., Erie, $7,176
Fayette: Point Marion Volunteer Fire Department, Point Marion, $3,890;
Indiana: Armagh & East Wheatfield Township, Armagh, $1,500; Homer City Volunteer Fire Co., Homer City, $1,916;
Jefferson: Big Run Volunteer Fire Co., Big Run, $1,250; Ringgold Area Volunteer Fire Co., Ringgold, $7,500;
Lawrence: Mahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Edinburg, $7,500; New Wilmington Volunteer Firemens Association, New Wilmington, $4,000; North Beaver Township Volunteer, New Castle, $6,500;
McKean: Corydon Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford, $1,780; Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane, $1,500; Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run, $600;
Mercer: East End Volunteer Department No. 1, Mercer, $7,500; Sandy Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Sandy Lake, $1,000;Mifflin: Newton Wayne Volunteer Fire Co., Newton Hamilton, $2,896;
Somerset: Berlin Fire Department Inc., Berlin, $3,500; Hooversville Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Hooversville, $2,933;
Venango: Rouseville Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association, Rouseville, $250; Seneca Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association, Seneca, $3,500;
Warren: Bear Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Bear Lake , $2,975; Clarendon Volunteer Fire, Clarendon, $2,225; Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department, Pittsfield, $6,500; Youngsville Volunteer, Youngsville, $7,500;
Washington: Avella Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Avella, $3,148; Denbo Vesta 6 Volunteer Fire Department, Brownsville, $7,500; Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Co. and Relief Association, Charleroi, $3,622; Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, Burgettstown, $4,140; Morris Township Volunteer Fire, Prosperity, $2,500; Roscoe Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Roscoe, $2,800; West Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, West Alexander, $1,147;
Westmoreland: Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer, Stahlstown, $1,919; Fairfield Township Volunteer Fire, New Florence, $2,620; Ligonier Volunteer Hose Co. No.1, Ligonier, $2,685; Lowber Volunteer Fire Co., Lowber, $7,500; Salem Township Co. No. 1 (Slickville ), Slickville, $5,625; Sewickley Township Fire Co. No. 1, $3,790; Smithton Volunteer Fire Department, Smithton, $3,750; Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department and Relief Association, Youngstown, $7,500; Yukon Volunteer Fire Co., Yukon, $2,558;