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Folsom VFD Gets Two Grants

By Staff | Jan 25, 2011

BY MIRANDA STOKES

Staff Writer

Jimmy Glasscock, president of the Folsom Volunteer Fire Department met with the Wetzel County Commission this week to share the news that the department was recently awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a new fire engine to replace a 30-year-old engine. The total cost of the project is $220,000. Of that amount the grant awarded $209,000, with the department matching $11,000.

The department plans to either strip the old fire truck and sell it, or donate the truck in its entirety to a career center to aid in firefighter training.

Glasscock also shared that for the 2010 fiscal year, the Folsom VFD is the first department in the county to be awarded a grant of this kind. Furthermore, they are the first and only department in the state to be awarded another Assistance to Firefighters Grant in this first funding cycle, that being for the purchase of portable pulse and carbon monoxide oximeters for their EMS Units. This grant was awarded in the amount of $7,922. The department will match $416 for an approved project cost of $8,338.

The Folsom VFD has been awarded three grants in the past five years from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2005 an Assistance to Firefighters Grant provided the department with more than $100,000 worth of new basic operational and personal protective equipment for its firefighters.

The commission extended their congratulations to the department and extended their gratitude, along with Glasscock, to New Martinsville Fire Chief Larry Couch for writing the grants.