Longwood, Avondale fire companies to share grant

$198,000 FEMA award will assist recruiting, training efforts

LongwoodFDThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security has notified Longwood Fire Company and Avondale Fire Company that they are receiving a safety award.

Longwood was the host company for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, a Longwood Fire Company news release said, adding that the $198,000 grant will be split between the two companies for recruiting new members and retaining current members.

“Our volunteers receive extensive training,” Longwood Fire Company Chief A. J. McCarthy said. “This federal grant will help us provide the best possible service for our residents.”

The grant provides money for volunteer firefighters to receive incentive payments for obtaining additional training, providing dedicated station staffing to ensure quicker emergency responses, as well as other fire company activities. New recruits are eligible for additional training incentives to offset loss of wages while attending training. The grant, which requires substantial documentation, has a three-year performance period, the release said.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson Townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see www.longwoodfireco.com.

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