U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick announced the Third District Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 of Bristol has received a FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with equipping and training emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhancing operational efficiencies, fostering interoperability and supporting community resilience.
The Third District Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 received a total of $638,545.45. This is a regional grant that will be split among the Third District Fire Company, Newportville Fire Company, Cornwells Fire Company, Bristol Fire Company #1 and the Bristol Consolidated Fire Department. The Bristol and Bensalem fire departments plan to utilize the grant to replace all their self-contained breathing apparatus equipment due to their fast-approaching operational life expectancy. The departments will soon be equipped with the most up-to-date safety features.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, fire departments across the commonwealth and nation have been hindered in their ability to raise the necessary funds to maintain the indispensable services that their departments provide,” Fitzpatrick said. “This grant will ensure that the Third District Volunteer Fire Company, Newportville Fire Company, Cornwells Fire Company, Bristol Fire Company #1 and the Bristol Consolidated Fire Department remain premier fire departments here in Bucks County. The AFG program is not only vital to our volunteer fire departments financially, but also vital to our residents, who rely on these services to keep them safe.”