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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania


May 12, 2017
Press Release

Pottstown, PA – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) today visited Sanatoga Fire Company in Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District to announce an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This morning’s announcement was attended by first responders from Sanatoga Fire Company, Empire Hook and Ladder Fire Company, North End Fire Company, and Philadelphia Steam Fire Engine Company.

Rep. Costello at Sanatoga Fire Company with Firefighters from the Pottstown area

The regional grant in the amount of $282,273 will provide resources, such as coats, boots, gloves, and fire-resistant hoods that will benefit approximately 120 firefighters in the Pottstown area.

“Firefighters and first responders work tirelessly to keep us safe. We must ensure they are equipped for their operations,” said Rep. Costello. “I am pleased to see fire companies in our community will benefit from this grant, and I will continue to advocate for measures that support their hard work.”

“By having properly measured and fitted bunker gear for our firefighters we will dramatically reduce the risk of injuries in and of itself. Coupled with the new PPE's advanced materials that will better protect against blood-borne pathogens, cuts, bruises, and of course burns from fighting fires, we will have the lowest possible risk of injury that a fire department can have,” said Derek Dry, Assistant Chief, Sanatoga Fire Company. “The fundamental goal of this grant reward is the increased safety factor it will give our firefighters. We would like to thank, not only FEMA for affording our companies this grant opportunity, but Congressman Costello for his support of these grants. These grants invest in the safety of our communities and their volunteers that serve them.”

Since coming to Congress, Rep. Costello has signed onto funding requests for the AFG program, as well as 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.