– A volunteer fire department in the 116th Legislative District will benefit from a state program that funds equipment purchases and training to battle wildfires, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne). Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Wapwallopen was awarded a $4,208 grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and supported by federal funding.
“This grant will help these volunteers pay for the resources and training necessary to fight the wildfires that pose a serious threat to our rural communities,” said Toohil.
Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.
A total of 132 volunteer fire companies were awarded $646,891 to help guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office