Fitzpatrick Announces Grants for Lower Bucks Fire Companies
Three Lower Bucks Fire Companies are receiving FEMA grants to enhance response times.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced grants to Newportville Fire Company #1 and the Edgely Fire Company last week.
The funding comes from the 2022 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enhance their response capabilities and more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel from fire and other related hazards.
The Newportville Fire Company #1 received a total of $20,952.38 and Edgely Fire Company received a total of $185,454.54. The Edgely Fire Company grant will be used as a regional grant for fire departments in Bristol Township, Falls Township, and Morrisville Borough.
These grants will be used for Operation and Safety through the AFG Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.
Using a competitive process that is informed by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to eligible applicants whose applications best address the priorities of the AFG Program. Since FY 2001, the AFG Program has awarded approximately $8.1 billion in grants to provide critically needed resources. The total amount appropriated for the FY 2022 AFG Program initiative is $324 million.
“For the last several decades, fire departments across the Commonwealth and nation have been hindered in their ability to find volunteers and to raise the necessary funds to maintain the indispensable services that their departments provide,” said Fitzpatrick.
The residents of Lower Bucks County and surrounding communities will directly benefit from these essential grants that do so much to keep our communities safe. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and a certified EMT, I am proud to see the AFG grant program directly benefiting our local fire departments.”
Currently, FEMA is on Round 5 of the competitive FY 2022 AFG announcements and will continue to announce AFG grants on a weekly basis. This program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
Earlier in the month, Fitzpatrick announced Fairless Hills Volunteer Fire Company, the Falls Township Fire Company, and the Edgely Fire Company have received AFG grants also.
Fairless Hills Volunteer Fire Company received a total of $33,333.33 to upgrade their fire sensors, the Falls Township Fire Company received a total of $233,587.27 for air packs, and the Edgely Fire Company received $26,305.45 for a washer and dryer for their firefighting personal protective equipment.