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Cartwright Announces $40,029 DHS Grant for the Diligence Fire Company No.1

May 8, 2014

SUMMIT HILL, Pa., May 8 -- Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa. (17th CD), issued the following news release:

Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $40,029 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Diligence Fire Company, No.1 of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The federal grant will allow the Diligence Fire Company to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for its firefighters, equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of work hazards. Specifically, the fire company will purchase 20 coats and the same quantity of pants and boots, 22 helmets, 13 gloves, and 12 hoods.

"The Diligence Fire Company and its brave firefighters have protected Summit Hill for over 100 years. This federal grant will enhance the personal wellbeing of the firefighters while they continue to protect our local community," said Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, AFG has provided approximately $5.6 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

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