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August 20, 2021
Press Release
-- Eight PA-17 Organizations Have Now Received Grants Totaling More Than $815,000 --

(PITTSBURGH, PA) – Today, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) announced that multiple local governments and volunteer fire departments have received grant awards from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) Program.   

The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and SFTAs 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.  For FY 2020, the AFG Program has awarded $319.5 million to an estimated 2,000 eligible first-responder organizations, with grants totaling more than $810K being awarded to the following volunteer fire departments and governments in PA-17:

  • Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $26,638.10
  • Blawnox-Glenover Volunteer Fire Co.: $38,942.86
  • Ross-West View Emergency Medical Services Authority: $303,636.36
  • Borough of Ambridge: $41,261.90
  • West View Volunteer Fire Department: $174,994.67
  • Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department: $44,088.32
  • Mckees Rocks Independent Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $134,590.48
  • West Deer Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3: $51,504.76

“It is critical that firefighters and emergency responders have the proper equipment, training and staffing,” said Lamb.  “These federal grant funds will help to protect local communities and ensure that our first responders can do their jobs.” 

Lamb has advocated for FEMA’s AFG grant program during the appropriations process and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  He has signed multiple letters supporting the program and helped pass legislation to increase funding levels for it, including the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act each of which provided $100 million for AFG.

Click here for additional information on the FY 2020 AFG Program.