Sen. Yaw Applauds Funding for Rural Firefighters

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today announced the recipients of state firefighter grants in Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Union counties, according to State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).

In total, more than $29,000 was awarded to local fire companies in the four counties to assist with rural fire services.  Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualified to apply for the aid.

“The Fire Grant program has proven valuable help for fire departments throughout my Senate district and throughout Pennsylvania providing funding for the training and equipment that is necessary to ensure that our firefighters and emergency personnel are as prepared as possible to respond to emergencies and disasters,” said Sen. Yaw.  “We are blessed to have a number of highly skilled and dedicated individuals in our area who volunteer their time and efforts to protect our communities during these times of emergencies.”

Grant recipients in the 23rd Senate District include:   


  • Windham Township Volunteer Fire Co., Rome, $6,975

Lycoming: Duboistown Fire Department, Williamsport, $5,000;

  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Co., Montoursville, $6,500;
  • Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Co., Picture Rocks, $3,565


  • Rush Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Lawton, $2,400


  • Mifflinburg Hose Co. 1, Mifflinburg, $5,000

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.

Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures. The maximum grant awarded was $7,500.

More state-related information is available on Senator Yaw’s website,, on Facebook and @SenatorGeneYaw on Twitter.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff