Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Announces a $24,762 DHS Grant for Wind Gap Fire Company

May 4, 2017
Press Release

Northampton County, PA – Today, Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the Wind Gap Fire Company with Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Wind Gap Fire Company has been awarded a $24,762 Operations and Safety grant. The funds will allow the fire company to purchase both a washer/extractor and dryer, appliances used to wash and dry turnout gear, a system of outer protective clothing, as well as make improvements to their electrical and plumbing systems.

“I am glad the Wind Gap Fire Company will be able to purchase this much-needed equipment,” Rep. Cartwright said, a member of the Congressional Fire Service Caucus. “I will continue to strongly support this federal program which helps to ensure the safety of our communities.”

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations 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.

The 2016 AFG Program will award approximately $310.5 million in competitive grants to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies.