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Shuster Congratulates the Reade Volunteer Fire Company on $50,445 Grant

July 1, 2014



WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. (9th CD), issued the following news release:

On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) announced that the Reade Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $50,445. The funds will be used to acquire new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA), a form of protective equipment that allows the department's firefighters to work in smoke-filled areas.

"I'm happy to announce that the Reade Volunteer Fire Company will be receiving Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding to allow them to buy new self-contained breathing apparatuses," said Shuster. "This funding ensures that the firefighters have some of the best equipment possible as they continue to bravely serve the residents of Reade Township and the surrounding communities."

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program helps meet the needs of firefighters, emergency responders, and emergency medical organizations. Funds provided by the AFG program are used to purchase supplies, including new vehicles, protective gear, staff training, and other resources that local departments need to protect the public.

"All of the officers and members of the Reade Vol. Fire Company are extremely pleased with this announcement of this grant," said Chief Mike Jenkins. "This will give our company and personnel the best possible way to remain as safe as possible with the newest technologies and features. We can't express enough appreciation for the help of Rep. Shuster and all that was involved in helping us to achieve the funding for this award, thank you."

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus units allow first responders, firefighters, and rescue workers to enter areas where they would otherwise be unable to breathe. They can function even when exposed to extreme heat, and let firefighters continue battling a fire even in the worst conditions. SCBAs must be certified by the National Fire Protection Association, which provides guidelines governing certification, labeling, design requirements, performance requirements, and test methods.

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