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Fire company gets $30K grant from FEMA

A Westmoreland County fire company has received a grant of more than $30,000 to improve operations and safety.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Department of Homeland Security awarded $30,923 in grants to the Citizens Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Arnold, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

"Pennsylvania's firefighters endure risk and sacrifice every day to keep their community safe," Mr. Casey said. "This money will help provide Westmoreland County firefighters with the resources they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those they serve."

Funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which aims to strengthen the health and safety of the nation's first responders and those they serve.


Contracts OK'd for WCCC Latrobe, tech centers

The Westmoreland County Community College Board of Trustees has awarded contracts for the college's Latrobe center and Advanced Technology Center.

For the Latrobe center, construction contracts totaling $8.48 million were awarded to: General Industries, general, $6.17 million; Whitby Inc., mechanical, $998,950; Bronder Technical Services, electrical, $834,000; Norris Plumbing Co., plumbing, $405,000; and Preferred Fire Protection, fire protection, $72,500.

Groundbreaking for the 30,000-square-foot center, which will be located on a 1.8-acre lot along Depot and Jefferson streets, was last month. Construction will begin this month with project completion slated for summer 2014. The new Latrobe center will contain general and computer classrooms, labs for biology, science and allied health, faculty and administrative offices, student study areas and multipurpose rooms for community activities.

The board awarded base bid construction contracts totaling $9.38 million for the tech center, which will occupy 73,500 square feet at RIDC-Westmoreland, the former Sony plant, in East Huntingdon. Contractors are Masscon Inc., general, $5.03 million; A-1 Electric, electrical, $1.88 million; Marc Services, mechanical, $1.65 million; and Enders Plumbing, plumbing, $819,300.

The center will provide training in mechatronics, energy, advanced and additive manufacturing, machining and fabrication and metrology for WCCC students, workers and employers who will relocate to the multi-tenant RIDC.

A groundbreaking will be held at the site July 12. Completion is planned for next summer with center opening in fall 2014.

Funding is provided by a bond issue authorized by Westmoreland County, private funds raised though the college's Investing in Our Community campaign and from the state Department of Education.

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