More than $505,000 in grants have been awarded to help Pennsylvania's rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday.
From that, over $40,000 was awarded to fire companies in a five-county region to assist with rural fire services, including Lycoming County.
Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualified to apply for the aid.
Lycoming County and its vicinity's fire departments received the following amounts:
Duboistown Fire Department: $3,248
Hughesville Fire Department: $3,000
Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Co.: $1,575
Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co., Montgomery: $1,850
Waterville Volunteer Fire Co.: $3,700
Black Forest Fire Co. $7,500
In Bradford County, Innes Hose Co., Canton, received $5,000; Sullivan County's Dushore Fire Co. No. 1 received $7,500; Susquehanna County's Springville Volunteer Fire Co. received $3,986; Susquehanna Fire Department Inc. received $3,750; and Union County West Fire Co., Millmont, received $800, according to state Sen. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.
"The Fire Grant program has proven to be an invaluable help for fire departments throughout my Senate district and throughout Pennsylvania, providing funding for the training and equipment that is necessary to ensure that our firefighters and emergency personnel are as prepared as possible to respond to emergencies and disasters," Yaw said. "We are blessed to have a number of highly skilled and dedicated individuals in our area who volunteer their time and efforts to protect our communities during these times of emergencies."