Rep. Cera Announces Eight Local Fire Departments Awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants
Says grant funding will go toward new equipment, firefighter training
February 21, 2018
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today applauded a decision by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to award Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to eight departments within the 96th House District. Fire departments that serve populations of fewer than 10,000 people were eligible to apply for the grants, which are federally funded and distributed through the Forestry Division of ODNR.

“Volunteer firefighters give their time to help protect lives and personal property,” said Rep. Cera. “I’m glad to see these departments receiving this support as they work to provide a vital service to their neighbors and communities without asking for anything in return.”

VFA Grant funding is used to upgrade equipment and to assist new departments with organizational, training and equipment costs.

Two departments within Monroe County received funds through the program. The Beallsville Volunteer Fire Department took in $6,311.27, while the Bethel Township Fire Department secured $1,942.

In Jefferson County, Unionport Volunteer Fire and Rescue was awarded the maximum grant amount of $10,000. The Irondale Fire Department received $547.45.

A total of five Belmont County departments received VFA grants, including four in the 96th House District: Powhatan Point Fire Department ($10,000); Brookside Fire Department ($9,147.50); Cumberland Trail Fire Department District 4 ($7,519); and Wolfhurst Central Volunteer Fire Department ($7,000).

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