Longwood Fire Co. receives FEMA award

The Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security notified Longwood and Avondale fire companies that they are receiving a safety award.

Longwood was the host company for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant. The $198,000 grant will be split between the two companies for recruiting new members and retaining current members.

“Our volunteers receive extensive training,” Longwood Fire Company Chief A. J. McCarthy said. “This federal grant will help us provide the best possible service for our residents.”

FEMA notified Longwood earlier this week.

The grant provides money for volunteer firefighters to receive incentive payments for obtaining additional training, providing dedicated station staffing to ensure quicker emergency responses and other fire company activities. New recruits are eligible for additional training incentives to offset loss of wages while attending training. The grant has a three-year performance period and requires a substantial amount of documentation.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Co. provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see www.longwoodfireco.com.




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