Pioneer Fire Company

Two fire companies are getting grants from the builders of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline.

Parks, libraries and fire companies will benefit from $55,000 in community grants awarded to seven Lancaster County municipalities by the builder of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline.

The community grants, of up to $10,000 each, are awarded by Williams Partners twice a year in communities in 11 counties where the pipeline is being built in Pennsylvania.

One of the local recipients in the latest round is the Quarryville Fire Co., which is getting $10,000.

“The grant will greatly aid in the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment,” said Jim Herr, of the fire company.

“The equipment includes eight handheld thermal imaging cameras, three four-gas meters and a SKED rescue stretcher. Being a home response volunteer fire company, we must raise our own funds, which makes getting some of this equipment nearly impossible.

“We appreciate Williams’ support in helping us offer our volunteers the best equipment to keep them and our community safe.”

Other grant recipients are:

— Manheim Community Library, $5,000, to support youth science, technology, engineering and math and art education.

— Martic Township, $10,000, to help pave the parking lot at Martic Township Park.

— Hempfield Fire Department, $10,000, to purchase equipment for emergency responders.

— Library System of Lancaster County, $6,500, to support Summer Reading Educational STEM Programs.

— Drumore Township, $6,000, to support community park enhancements.

— Columbia Public Library Association, $7,500, to assist with computer upgrades.

Since 2015, Williams has given out 309 grants totaling more than $2.2 million in the 11 counties.