Fire and ambulance companies in the 160th Legislative District have been awarded more than $110,000 in state grants through the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160).
“Because our emergency responders work so hard to make sure that everything is in place to serve the many communities in Pennsylvania whenever there is need, it is far too easy to take them for granted,” Barrar said. “However, we must always remember not only the bravery and dedication it takes to keep us safe, but the cost as well. These grants help to fund training and pay for much-needed equipment.”
Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt.
Six first-responder organizations in Delaware County receiving grants were: Boothwyn Fire Company No. 1: $13,000; Boothwyn Fire Company No. 1 – EMS: $6,481.70; Concordville Fire and Protective Association: $13,789.79; Concordville Fire and Protective Association – EMS: $7,201.70; Bethel Township Hose Company No. 1: $13,789.79; and Ogden Fire Company No. 1: $13,789.79.
More than 2,500 fire and ambulance companies across the Commonwealth received a total of $30 million in funding.
The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the legislature and administered by the state fire commissioner’s office All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not general fund tax revenue.