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Lynnport Fire Co. receives grant

Lynnport Community Fire Company has received a $6,352 grant to help guard against wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.

“Weather can be friend or foe in our wildfire prevention and suppression efforts, but DCNR has no stronger ally - especially during these most difficult times of the pandemic - than the men and women of the volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego praised volunteer fire companies’ service to communities close to home, as well as those members who often join Bureau of Forestry crews battling wildfires far beyond Pennsylvania’s borders.

“The dangers associated with wildfires continue to pose a growing threat to our state’s forests and rural communities,” Trego said. “Grant programs like these are vital tools for state government to ensure volunteer firefighters get the equipment and the training they need to perform their jobs as professionally and safely as possible.”

Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.

Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds.