Cabell County Firefighters Receive Funding

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced funding awarded for Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department to strengthen operations, safety, and response capabilities.  “We can’t take our firefighters for granted and the same is equally true of their equipment,” said Rahall. “Equipment wears out and having new equipment can make the difference between life and death.  It is expensive, and local jurisdictions need help with the large investment new equipment demands.  Investments, like equipment, are a proper role for the federal government. That's why I have been a fierce supporter of federal funding for first responders.”

 Ohio River Road VFD in Lesage will receive a $66,453 federally-funded Assistance to Firefighter Grant to purchase new firefighting hoses and nozzles, replacing decades-old equipment.  According to Chief David Ash, the 29 all-volunteer member department responded to more than 600 calls in 2011.

The grant is included in Round 5 of the competitive FY 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  The funding can be used to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

The AFG program awards grants directly to local fire departments and Emergency Medical Service organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.  Since 2002, southern West Virginia has received $21 million through the FEMA FIRE grants programs.