Clarendon to utilize grant funds on wildfire equipment

Photo submitted Clarendon firefighters during a joint training session with Tidioute firefighters.

Clarendon’s is one of three volunteer departments to receive a recent state wildfire grant.

The Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department plans to spend the $4,700 grant it received on “a variety of wildland firefighting equipment,” according to Paul Pascuzzi with the department.

He highlighted the purchase of fire weather kits from Kestrel Instruments, which can “measure weather conditions, view trends and export weather observations,” according to the company website.

Pascuzzi said wildfire protection is a major component of the department’s activities.

“The Clarendon Fire Department serves as one of the primary Wildland Fire Fighting departments on the Allegheny National Forest and helps to protect the many acres of the State Game lands in our region,” Pascuzzi said.

The U.S. Forest Service has information on the need for such departments, as well as resources for firefighters at www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire.

Clarendon was one of three departments to secure Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wildfire protection grants. Garland Volunteer Fire Department received $3,600 and the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Service received $1,400.


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