Grant to help firefighter recruitment on hold in shutdown


The Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association is proud of recent efforts to recruit volunteers.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve had well over 100 inquiries,” said Duane Hagelgans, a spokesman for the association.

Since 2016, the association has received federal grant money to help pay for a marketing campaign that includes commercials, billboards, and social media advertisements.

With the U.S. government partially shut down, money to pay for the marketing has stalled.

“We’re going to have silence until the shutdown is resolved,” Hagelgans said.

Hagelgans said since the shutdown started, the association has not been reimbursed for $20,000.

“We can’t afford to do additional money to do additional advertising because we don’t have money to pay the bill, and we don’t know when we’re going to get our money back from the federal government,” Hagelgans said.

Hagelgans said he hopes the association will get that money back when the shutdown ends, but he said with no end in sight, there is uncertainty.

“Our grant expires in October and any money we don’t spend, we lose,” he said.

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