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Haletown Volunteer Fire Dept. receives Public Safety Foundation Grant

The Haletown Volunteer Fire Department received word last week that they’ve been awarded a grant the will help the department with essential equipment purchases.

According to the grant website, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant is intended “..to impact the lifesaving capabilities, and the lives of local heroes and their communities by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders, non-profits and public safety organizations.”

The grant program, which was founded by the popular restaurant chain Firehouse Subs, accepts around 600 applications on a quarterly basis, awarding funding anywhere from $15,000 – $35,000 on average for applicants who are accepted.

According to Haletown VFD Chief Freddie Barnhill, the grant will be used to purchase a full battery-powered extrication set (better known as the ‘Jaws of Life’) valued at up to $37,241.

Chief Barnhill says this vital set of equipment and upcoming training will allow the department’s firefighters to perform extrication from vehicular accidents of all sizes without the need to wait for neighboring departments to arrive, better preparing them to be ready for the needs of the communities they serve.

The department expects to receive funding and begin procurement of the equipment in the coming weeks.

This latest grant award comes just one month after the department received a large FEMA AFG grant (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) for $89,628.57 — with the department being required to contribute a 5% match ($4,481.43) giving the department a $94,110 budget used to purchase ten new airpacks for department use.

More information about the latest updates and happenings within the department, including the ability to pay the annual residential and commercial fire prescription service online can be found at www.haletownvfd.com.

 

Information from Haletown VFD Facebook