Stehr Announces Local Wildfire Protection Grants
HARRISBURG – Nearly $60,000 in wildfire protection grants have been awarded to communities in the 107th Legislative District in an effort to help increase protection against wildfires and encourage fire safety across the Commonwealth, announced Rep. Joanne Stehr (R-Northumberland/Schuylkill).

“I am so grateful that this funding has been awarded to our area to help enhance firefighting efforts in our communities,” Stehr said. “Ensuring we have the proper equipment and highly trained wildfire fighters is essential in protecting the natural ecosystem this state provides.”

Schuylkill County fire companies receiving grants include: Good Will Hose Company of Cumbola, $2,000; Hegins Valley Fire Rescue, $5,613; Heights Fire Company No. 1, $12,500; and Tower City Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $1,987.

Northumberland County fire companies receiving grants include: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company, $12,500; Hickory Corners and Community Fire Company, $12,500; and Ralpho Fire Company No. 1, $12,500.

Priority was placed on projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing. Grants may also be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. The vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.

More than $850,000 in grant money was awarded statewide through the program administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Rep. JoAnne Stehr
107th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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