2017-08-09 / Front Page

Company 1 gets $170K federal equipment grant

Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company was among seven fire companies in West Virginia to receive federal FEMA grants for new equipment and to recruit personnel. The local department, established in 1893, received a grant of $170,858.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced $4,252,133 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire safety in nine West Virginia counties.

The grants — awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program — will help local departments purchase equipment and recruit personnel.

“Firefighters and emergency responders are often the first on the scene of an emergency, and they rely on their equipment to perform rescues,” Senator Capito said.

“This funding will provide volunteer fire departments with the resources and equipment they need to properly respond to emergencies. I know that these brave men and women will continue to protect West Virginians with the help of this funding for new equipment and technology,” said Senator Manchin.

AFG awards are listed below:

• $748,000 – Bedington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (Berkeley County)

• $506,677 – Middleway Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Jefferson County)

• $170,858 – Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company (Morgan County)

• $158,266 – East Fork Volunteer Fire Department (Mingo County)

• $115,223 – Kenova Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (Wayne County)

• $90,667 – New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (Mineral County)

• $20,613 – Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department Inc. (Wood County).

Return to top