U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, a senior member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Feb. 19th that the Department of Homeland Security has approved funding for several fire companies in Northeast Pennsylvania.


U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, a senior member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Feb. 19th that the Department of Homeland Security has approved funding for several fire companies in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Among them are two in Wayne County, Browndale Fire Company and Waymart Volunteer Fire Company.
Browndale Fire is receiving, $67,097. Julianne Doyle, Company President, said that the funding will pay to replace worn fire hose, nozzles, and a cascade system to fill their air cylinders. They will also be able to buy a thermal imaging camera, worth nearly $10,000, and two power saws.
She stated that this was the first time in eight years that Browndale was awarded federal funding. The last time, they received nearly $100,000 to replace their turnout gear worn by firefighters.  Doyle said that they are very happy to be award the money for this equipment. “We’d never be able to raise money to replace the hose,” she said. “We have enough to do to pay the mortgage, gas, utilities and equipment repairs.”
They just had a successful gun raffle, which she said is their biggest fund raiser next to their annual letter campaign.
Founded in 1913, Browndale Fire Company (Co. 43) serves a 38 square mile area. This includes portions of Wayne, Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties, working together with neighboring fire departments. They have a web site, www.43fire.com.
Waymart Volunteer Fire Company was allocated $33,726. Attempts to reach Waymart fire officials for information were not successful.
“These fire prevention and safety programs will help protect the citizens of Pennsylvania and the firefighters who risk their lives every day,” Senator Specter said.  “I commend the Department of Homeland Security for recognizing this priority and for its continued support of our nation’s fire services.”
The funding is contained in Rounds 3 and 4 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2009 Fire Grants Award announcements.  These awards are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.