Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company in Centre County has been awarded a $120,952.38 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) by the Department of Homeland Security. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the department's grant application in June.

"Firefighters embody public service in their dedicated work to ensure the safety of those in their community," said Senator Toomey. "I was glad to support the application by the Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company and am confident these funds will help them better serve Centre County and keep them safe while on duty."

"I would like to thank Senator Pat Toomey for his support for our application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant," said Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company President Thomas Moore. "With the award of the grant we will be purchasing new SCBA to provide safer more reliable equipment for our Firefighters to be able to better serve our community. Thank you to all who made this possible for us."

The awarded funds will be used to purchase 20 new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). The fire company's current SCBA equipment is nearly 15 years old and has failed without warning on several occasions.

The Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company is an all-volunteer department of 20 members serving more than 3,200 residents. In 2019, Snow Shoe Fire Company firefighters ran 105 fire calls for service, 20 of them were fires.