LANGHORNE, PA – Today, August 12, 2021, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Company of Lansdale, PA has received a FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which is a grant program that assists in equipping and training emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhancing operational efficiencies, fostering interoperability, and supporting community resilience.
The Fairmount Volunteer Fire Company received a total of $857,142.86 to be used towards Vehicle Acquisitions through the AFG Program. The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is informed by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to eligible applicants whose applications best address the priorities of the AFG Program. Since fiscal year (FY) 2001, the AFG Program has awarded approximately $7.7 billion in grants to provide critically needed resources. The total amount appropriated for the FY 2020 AFG Program initiative is $355 million.
“As the number of volunteer firefighters continue to diminish after every passing year, the cost of local fire protection service expenditures continues to increase” said Fitzpatrick. “For just over 130 years, the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Company has honorably served our community, and this grant will go a long way to ensuring the department continues to serve the people of Lansdale and Montgomery County. The AFG program is not only vital to our volunteer fire departments financially, but also vital to our residents, who rely on these services to keep them safe.”
“I am deeply appreciative of the investment this grant represents in our community;” said Lansdale Mayor Garry Herbert. “It is critical that we continue to update, enhance, and grow our emergency services as the community continues to grow and change over time. This investment will allow us to better manage emergency events in our community and help keep our fire company the well respected and well established organization that it already is.”
Currently, FEMA is on round 4 of the competitive FY 2020 AFG announcements and will continue to announce AFG grants on a weekly basis. This program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.