Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Announces a $47,620 DHS Grant for Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company

May 4, 2017
Press Release

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

The Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $47,620 Operations and Safety grant.  The funds will allow the fire company to replace its cascade system that dates 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 and provide firefighters to provide breathable air.

“I am thankful the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company will be able to replace this system; it is of vital importance to have high quality 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.