Volunteers with Pennsylvania firefighter jobs now have the opportunity to get their hands on some grant money.
Gov. Edward G. Rendell recently announced that about $559,200 in federal grant funds are available to help the state’s rural communities guard against fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. The grants are offered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, with funds coming from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
About 200 volunteer firefighter companies throughout the state were helped with the grants during 2008 and more than $7.5 million has been awarded since 1982. A total of $559,200 in federal funds is being made available to Pennsylvania volunteers this year. Nearly 200 fire companies across the state were helped with grants through the program in 2008.