News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017841
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
(AUGUST 3,2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FUNDS TO VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION
Syracuse, NY, Aug 03, 2012 --

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Today, USDA Rural Development awarded Morley Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. of St. Lawrence County with a loan of $32,000 and a grant of grant of $8,300 through the Community Facilities (CF) program. These funds will be used to replace the department’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – or Turnout Gear – and to improve the fire truck storage facility at the fire station.

“Fire Fighters in rural communities do more than fight fires, these brave men and women are answering an increasing number of emergency calls and situations in diverse environments and terrain,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Bryan Clerkin. “It is essential that their equipment be maintained and updated for optimal safety of responders, care for victims and overall well being of their community.”

Community Facilities Programs can make and guarantee loans as well as award grants to develop essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans and guarantees are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments. 

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy and strengthening small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.   

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.