WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, September 15th, 2020, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced that Warminster Township has received $1,767,963.15 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with the hiring of firefighters. The grant will allow Warminster Township to hire the firefighters necessary to provide coverage at both the Hartsville Fire Company and the Warminster Fire Company. 

“I am glad to hear two additional fire companies will benefit from the SAFER Grant. Over the last 50 years our Commonwealth has seen a steep decline in volunteer levels across the spectrum,” said Fitzpatrick. “This grant is critical to offset the drop in volunteer levels to ensure we have the men and women available to respond to emergencies.”

The mission of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of recipients to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to better assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. This year, FEMA will be awarding $350 million to fire departments across America to assist fire departments and volunteer support groups to expand the number of firefighters available to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public.

In August, Fitzpatrick announced FEMA grants for the Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad, Nottingham Fire Company, and the Newportville Fire Company, the Bristol Third District Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and the Chalfont Fire Company No. 1, and the Union Fire Company, Station 37 of Bensalem.