Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $46,230 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) by the Department of Homeland Security. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the department's grant application in April.

"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 Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company and am confident these funds will help them better serve Schuylkill County and keep them safe while on duty."

The awarded funds will be used to purchase a replace outdated hydraulic rescue equipment and purchase an automatic CPR device.

Established in 1933, the Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Company provides fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical quick response services to East Union Township, a 26 square mile are in Schuylkill County.