Lawrence Co. fire departments get state grants

Staff report


State Rep. Jaret Gibbons of Beaver, D-10th, announced that two rural fire companies in his district are receiving $5,667 in state grants to aid their operations.

Local fire companies in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid.

Fire companies receiving grants are the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Wampum, $2,900 and the Volant Volunteer Fire Company, Volant, $2,767.

The grants are made possible through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service through the cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. The bureau will begin accepting 2017 applications next spring.

The bureau accepts only online applications. Visit and click on Apply for Grants, then Online Grant Applications and DCNR Volunteer Fire Assistance.

Information can be obtained from the Bureau of Forestry Division of Forest Fire Protection in Harrisburg. Call 717-787-2925 or visit and click on Forestry.

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