Conklin: More than $3,000 in state funding awarded to local fire company

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today announced that Reliance Volunteer Fire Co., located in Philipsburg, was awarded $3,248 in state grants to help fund training and equipment related to fighting brush and forest fires.

“I’m happy to announce this funding because it will play a large role in helping these men and women better combat fires in our district,” Conklin said. “These firefighters are volunteers – they don’t have to be here. But they choose to answer the call every day to protect our residents and region. I’m glad to see they’re receiving credit and funding where it’s due.”

The grant program, offered through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is 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. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant awarded any fire company in 2018 was $10,000.