LOCAL

Marion fire company to hire staff with grant

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

MARION — The Marion Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in the amount of $156,342. The funds will be used to hire two permanent firefighter/EMTs.

“This is great news for the first responders at Marion Volunteer Fire Company and the people they help protect every day,” Congressman Bill Shuster said. “This funding will allow them to hire two experienced staff firefighters whose special training will make their community, as well as Franklin County, a safer place to live.”

“The Marion Volunteer Fire Company is committed to protecting the people, property and environment of Guilford, Hamilton, Antrim Township and the town of Marion through the efficient use of emergency response resources. We would like to thank all the public officials who have supported the SAFER grant because without them we could not have received this funding,” noted the Paid Staff Committee of the Marion Volunteer Fire Company.

The goal of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.  The program awards grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, prevent layoffs, and to rehire firefighters who were laid-off due to the economy.