From The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company:
The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company (FVFAC) proudly announce that we have been notified by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office of our selection to receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $278,711.00. This grant will be utilized to replace forty Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) used by our responders. Additionally through the sale of the existing SCBA currently in use FVFAC should be able to cover the 5% matching funds required by the guidelines of the grant program.
“By replacing our existing SCBA which are more than ten years old, FVFAC responders will have access to the latest technological advancements in breathing apparatus which relates to a safer environment for our members to perform our work” states FVFAC Chief Will Rosenberg. Benefits of the newer SCBA include longer duration working time in a hazardous atmosphere, advanced Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) devices, and better vocal communication when using the air masks. “These innovations will help us to see that “everyone goes home”, which is the most important thing we do for our personnel” Rosenberg said.
The awarding of this grant is the culmination of an extensive amount of work by many people. The vast majority of the “front end” work for the grant application process was carried out by FVFAC Assistant Chief Robert Stanton and our grant writer. Without this initial work, and the efforts of several other officers and administrative staff of FVFAC “behind the scenes” helping to forward requested information and working on the online registration, this grant would have not been possible. This grant is the largest that the FVFAC has received, tripling our prior high award, and will allow FVFAC to continue our solid financial platform while moving forward with other projects.