$357,000 Federal Grant Awarded To Bristol Twp Fire Company, Fitzpatrick Announces

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The Bristol Third District Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 has been awarded a large federal grant to help alleviate the financial pressures many volunteer fire companies face: smaller budgets and less volunteers.

The funds totaling $357,480 come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant can be used for recruitment, retention, and purchasing necessary equipment.

More specifically, the award is part of FEMA’s 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

“The mission of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of recipients to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to better assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards,” according to the Office of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

Many fire companies throughout Lower Bucks and Pennsylvania are constantly looking for their next source of funding. Some host flea markets and many turn to local officials for grant opportunities.

Congressman Fitzpatrick announced the funding late last week.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, volunteer fire departments across my community have struggled with fundraising and balancing their budgets,” said Fitzpatrick.

“It is imperative that we give the necessary supplies and tools to our volunteer responders to ensure when we call 9-1-1, they can do their job. I am happy to see the volunteer departments in Bristol and Chalfont received these potentially lifesaving funds.”

The Chalfont Fire Company No. 1 in Central Bucks also received a grant through FEMA. It received $198,863.64, according to Fitzpatrick’s office.

Fitzpatrick’s full statement is below:

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, volunteer fire departments across my community have struggled with fundraising and balancing their budgets. It is important to remember that volunteer fire departments rely on municipal funds and fundraising to maintain their operation and purchase the tools necessary to save lives. Our volunteer departments have been facing immense budgetary and manpower challenges that predated COVID-19. Now, these departments are tasked with the extremely consequential mission of protecting lives and protecting property with one hand tied behind their back. It is imperative that we give the necessary supplies and tools to our volunteer responders to ensure when we call 9-1-1, they can do their job. I am happy to see the volunteer departments in Bristol and Chalfont received these potentially lifesaving funds.”