Congressman John E. Peterson, R-Pleasantville, announced that the Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) has been awarded $249,613 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck which will be equipped with a 1500gpm (gallons per minute) pump and carry 500 gallons of water and 50 gallons of foam.
"First responders put their lives on the line every day to protect us from harms way," said Peterson. "I am grateful that the Department of Homeland Security has seen the merits of this request and has awarded the Pleasant Fire Department with these much needed funds to purchase a new, state of the art fire truck.
"Not only will this pumper be outfitted to fight traditional fires, it has the capability to suppress petroleum based fires as well. These brave men and women, who selflessly serve our communities, and volunteer their time to protect our neighbors, deserve quality equipment, and I'm proud the Federal Government was able to provide assistance. We owe these folks our gratitude for answering the call to serve and making this community a safer place to live, work and raise a family."
The AFG program is a funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards and to improve the nation's overall level of preparedness. AFG grants are awarded directly to local fire departments to support firefighters, first responders and the services they provide.
"Without these funds, there was no way we could afford this new pumper", said Tim Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Pleasant VFD. "While our two current trucks - one a 1952, the other a 1957 pumper - have been reliable and done the job over the years, this new pumper will allow our firefighters to reach remote locations in a timely manner and provide the community with an increased sense of protection.
"It's been a pleasure working with Congressman Peterson and his staff - we can only hope that our incoming Representative will be as committed to first responders as the Congressman has been over the years. We wish Mr. Peterson well in retirement", concluded Johnson.
For more information on the AFG Program, visit www.firegrantsupport.com.