Rep. Costello announces regional grant for Minquas and Good Fellowship ambulances
DOWNINGTOWN >> U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, recently visited Minquas Fire Company to announce a regional grant in the amount of $238,974 to provide equipment.
The grant will help provide equipment including self-loading stretchers for ambulances for both Minquas Fire Company of the Downingtown Fire Department and Good Fellowship Ambulance, serving the West Chester area. The regional grant, provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will provide resources to support the firefighters’ important work in the community.
“It’s great news for our fire and ambulance services that they have been awarded this federal grant,” Costello said. “It will help equip first-responders at Minquas Fire Company and Good Fellowship Ambulance to ensure they are prepared to do their critical work effectively and safely.”
This grant will help with that.
“The FEMA 2016 Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant was a regional grant between Minquas Fire Company EMS and Good Fellowship Ambulance for state of the art self-loading powerlift stretchers, and it integrates the newest safety standards with technology to improve patient safety, provider safety,” said Minquas Battalion Chief Brad Cosgrove, “and continues to put us on the forefront of being progressive services while allowing us interoperability between the two companies because we do provide a lot of mutual aid.”
Costello noted that he has been a strong supporter of funding for the AFG program since coming to Congress. In addition to the AFG program, Costello has also made funding requests for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program. Both of these grants are awarded through a competitive process to career and volunteer fire departments, and both grants are intended to help meet equipment, training, and staffing needs.