Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Announces $52,096 in DHS Grants for Diligence Fire Company No. 1

Aug 9, 2017
Press Release

Summit Hill, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Diligence Fire Company No.1 with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Diligence Fire Company No. 1 received a $52,096 Operations and Safety grant. These funds will allow the fire company to purchase vehicle extrication equipment and cutter/spreader tools. The advancement of metals found in automobiles, pillars, and posts may provide increased occupant safety but have had an effect on fire companies doing their job during vehicle rescue operations. In order for fire companies to achieve success with vehicle rescue, aged hydraulic rescue tools must be replaced with new a generation of rescue tools designed for today’s automotive technology.

“The residents served by Diligence Fire Company No. 1 will know that their lives are in good hands should an emergency occur,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program continues to be a critical resource to firefighters and communities, I will continue to strongly support this federal program that saves lives.”

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.