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Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. was recently awarded a $125,000 grant through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

The grant will be used to purchase required personal protective equipment that all firefighters are required to wear when responding to emergency calls.
The AFG program is one of three federally funded grant programs designed to assist local fire companies with equipment, staffing or recruitment activities. The AFG program focuses on equipment needs and is highly competitive, according to Brad Quin, PVFC’s president.

“We have applied for this grant for three consecutive years and feel extremely fortunate that we’ve been selected for an award” said Quin in a prepared statement. The process is highly competitive and applications must be well executed to make it through a technical review and then a peer review of grant evaluators.

Quin said the company has drastically grown its membership since 2007, but has seen a decline in financial support through fundraising. The equipment firefighter used, he said, was reaching the required life expectancy of 10 years as required by code.

We had no way of replacing what was in use given budget constraints and the number of units we needed to provide for our membership.  If we could not replace the equipment we’d either have to share gear or reduce service, or both.”

According to Quin, only about 15 precent of Purcellville’s operating budget of approximately $600,000 per year is supported by donations through various fundraising.


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