Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College MBA student Richard Clark assisted Keystone Regional Fire & Rescue Department in securing a $10,000 grant for an upgrade to the department’s radio system. Clark wrote the grant as part of his MBA Fund Development class.

The Keystone Regional Fire & Rescue Department (KRFRD) is a cooperative effort between the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company and the Lily Volunteer Fire Company to provide comprehensive fire and rescue services to the local community. The grant, administered through the Energy Transfer Corporation, will be used to purchase two mobile radios. These radios will allow the department to provide faster response times and improve safety measures for both first responders and the community.

“In the past year, we’ve written over 30 grants. It got to be a lot of work for us,” said Dave Fulton, president of the KRFRD. “Rich came to me with his class project, and he was able to help us write this grant. He did a great job. The money will be combined with financial support from Cambria County to help us purchase this new radio system. $10,000 is a lot when you’re a volunteer fire company like us.”

“I’m happy to help,” said Clark, a Cresson native who also serves as a social member of the department. “If they need help with any future grants, I’m more than willing to provide it.”

“This project really meets the mission of the Sisters of Mercy in terms of supporting the community. The Sisters are very service-oriented, so this is just the students living out the Sisters’ principles in their work,” said Dr. Leah Spangler, who teaches the Fund Development class at the Mount. “I’m just so happy to have a student who is so invested in an organization to really do this kind of work for them. It’s so much more than a grade for a class that you can do something so positive for the community.”

CAPTION: Richard Clark of Cresson (left) and Dylan Broad, financial secretary for Keystone Volunteer Regional Fire & Rescue Department, (right) pose in front of one of the department’s fire engines. Clark wrote a grant that helped secure funding to play for an upgraded radio system.