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Friday, September 08, 2017

Cartwright: Tatamy Firefighters To Get Equipment Grant

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright is reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Tatamy Fire Company with a $42,858 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). These funds will allow Tatamy to replace its air compressor/cascade/fill station, which has some components to it that date back to the 1990s. The purpose of an air cascade system is to refill SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) units following use. SCBA units are worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air.

“Our brave firefighters and other emergency personnel confront danger on a regular basis in order to keep our communities safe from harm,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “We must do anything we can do to help people stay safe from harm, and I am proud to continue to support funding for our local fire departments.”

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

During the current funding cycle, the AFG program will award another $310.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.


Anonymous said...

Congrats to the firefighters at Tatamy! These grants are especially important to smaller departments whose municipality cannot afford more financial support.

Anonymous said...

Were have all the inner city fire fighters grants gone, far far away

Anonymous said...

I guess Dent can't get one for Allentown.

Anonymous said...

Politicians have nothing to do with anyone receiving these grants. They are awarded based upon need and financial standing. Career (City) departments usually qualify. They just need someone to apply for them.