Fire Grant Program Reopens After Budget Cuts


By Sarah Cantey

Budget cuts and sequestration wiped out the firefighters assistance grant program. It just reopened, but could be in jeopardy again when Congress faces a new budget battle in a few weeks.

This is making Pike County volunteer fire stations uneasy. Right now they are funded through tobacco tax that only draws in about $14,000 each year.

They need hundreds of thousands of dollars in new equipment. Goshen needs 4 new air packs and a brush fire truck, they rely on the grant programs to fund that.

Goshen Fire Volunteer Stacy Johnson said, "The more we have, the more equipment, keeping up our equipment, the better response times we have...we serve our community, from the poorest to the richest."

Not only does better equipment help response, but it also could lower a communities ISO or insurance rating- that affects homeowners insurance costs.

To help with funding you can always donate to your local volunteer department.
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