Snyder announces funding for volunteer firefighters in Fayette County

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $10,500 in state grants to help fund two community volunteer fire companies in Fayette County.

Snyder said the Brownsville Fire Company No. 1 received $7,500 and the Hiller Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment, train wildfire fighters, conduct wildfire prevention and mitigation work, or convert and maintain federal vehicles.

“Volunteer firefighters play a crucial and significant part in protecting our communities, particularly in rural areas,” Snyder said. “These types of grants are necessary in order to assist the brave men and women who selflessly offer their services to save lives and safeguard properties.”

The grants were made possible through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Funding is intended to help rural community volunteer fire companies.

Snyder is appreciative of volunteer firefighters and their sacrifices, however, she is also well aware of the decline in the number of those who are volunteering.

In order to help combat the drop in firefighting volunteer participation, Snyder will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the issue at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 14 Firehall Road in Richeyville. The panel includes volunteer fire companies and more.