Several local fire departments have received a total of $321,210 according to Representative Matt Cartwright. The Lake Ariel Fire Company was given $169,980 and Waymart Volunteer Fire Company was given $88,380 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses. Funding for the two companies was made possible through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant, which helps firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources. Forest Volunteer Fire Company also received $62,850 to go towards staff retention and recruitment of nine new firefighters over the next three years, made possible through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. For more information and application assistance tools for the Assistance to Firefighter and SAFER grants visit www.fema.gov/firegrants.