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August 16, 2013

Fire companies awarded grants

NEW CASTLE — Four volunteer fire companies in Lawrence County have been awarded state grants for training and equipment purchases.

The grants of up to $7,500 were offered to departments serving rural areas and communities with fewer than 10,000 residents and where forest and brush fires are common.

Departments receiving the grants are: Hickory Township, $7,500; Scott Township, $6,181; Wampum, $7,500; and Wurtemburg-Perry, $1,537.

Funds from the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, performing wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles to be used for fire suppression.

The DCNR gave priority to requests for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.

In announcing the awards, state Sen. Elder Vogel said this is a way for Pennsylvania to show its support for the work of the volunteer firefighters “and help them buy new equipment or receive essential training.”

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