Great Cacapon Vol. Fire Dept. to receive $51,000 federal training, gear grant

Funds from several federal agencies will help three West Virginia fire companies get equipment and train their members.

Great Cacapon’s fire department is one of those companies. They will receive a $51,428 grant under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

Fire company members said the grant will primarily be used for gear for their firefighters.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $201,332 in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week. They will go to the Wallace Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Morgantown and the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Department.

The funding will provide “critical resources to the cities’ fire departments to equip and train emergency personnel, improve efficiency and promote public safety,” said federal officials.

“Our brave West Virginia firefighters risk their lives every day to protect our communities, and we must ensure they have the necessary equipment and resources to do their jobs safely and effectively. I am pleased FEMA is investing more than $201K to strengthen fire safety in Wallace, Morgantown and Great Cacapon,” said Senator Manchin.

The AFG Program is one of three grant programs under DHS and FEMA that focuses on enhancing firefighter safety and public safety as they relate to fire hazards.

Since FY 2001, the AFG Program has awarded approximately $8.1 billion in grants to provide critically-needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability and support community resilience.