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Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced that more than $108,000 in federal funding has been awarded to three West Virginia fire departments.

The money will go towards purchasing safety equipment and strengthen professional training and wellness programs.

"West Virginia's firefighters are quick to protect our families and neighbors no matter the emergency," Rockefeller said in the release. "This award will not only provide essential safety equipment, but will also give departments an opportunity to purchase equipment for wellness and fitness programs, and provide top-notch professional training for our first responders. These tools will further equip our firefighters to protect us and keep our families safe around the clock."

"Our first responders are on the front lines of keeping their communities safe every day, and we want to make sure they're fully prepared and equipped in their missions," Manchin said in the release. "With these grants, our volunteer fire departments will be able to get more of the equipment and tools they need to protect West Virginians."

The Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $8,312.

The Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $69,900.

The Kenova Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $29,811.

The money will also help the departments obtain emergency vehicles, protective equipment, and other safety supplies.

The funding comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a competitive grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.