Burns secures $21,000 for area fire departments

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced that Jackson and Middle Taylor township volunteer fire companies have been awarded grants for their help in protecting communities against wildfires.

“I know how hard first responders work to protect lives and property in Cambria County, which is why I work to enact programs and provide grants that can help support and protect those who give so much to our communities,” Burns said.

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co. received $12,500, while Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Co. received $8,500.

These wildfire grants are from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and may be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing, mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, training wildfire fighters or converting or maintaining federal excess vehicles, which are used for fire suppression.

According to DCNR, wildfires are most common in the state in October and November, and in the spring months of March, April and May.

This grant program is just one of several available to fire departments and EMS agencies, which Burns regularly supports. Burns also reminded first responders that the deadline for the annual Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is Friday, Oct. 20.