Morgan County firefighters to receive $43K federal grant
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced last Friday that Morgan County Emergency Medical Service will receive more than $43,000 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities.
“My experiences working with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County will forever remind me of the hard work of our first responders, and their incredible dedication day in and day out,” Senator Manchin said.
“This grant will help the Morgan County Emergency Medical Service to get the equipment and tools they need to protect West Virginians,” said Manchin.
“West Virginians count on first responders to be there for our communities in times of danger,” said Rockefeller.
“EMS professionals deserve access to the best gear, training and other materials they need to do their important jobs. The money provided by this grant will supply our first responders with the tools and equipment they need to serve the people of Morgan County,” Rockefeller added.
Firefighter assistance grants are funded through the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.
During 2011, the AFG will award $380 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.