HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster/Berks) today announced that fire and emergency response organizations were awarded more than $1 million in funding through the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Program.
“With 97% of Pennsylvania’s firefighters being volunteers, most areas depend on volunteers for many aspects of public safety, especially with the many rural communities in our area,” Zimmerman said. “Neighbors helping neighbors are why many of Pennsylvania’s towns and villages are so tight-knit and self-reliant on manpower.”
These fire and emergency response organizations were awarded the following grant funding through the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Program:
• Adamstown Fire Co Station 11 - $15,000
• Brecknock Township Fire Company - $15,000
• Caernarvon Fire Company - $15,000
• Cumru Township Fire Department - $15,000
• Denver Fire Company No. 1 - $15,000
• Gap Fire & Rescue - $15,000
• Garden Spot Fire Rescue - $27,282
• Reamstown Fire Company, No. 1 - $14,317
• Schoeneck Fire Company - $11,861
• Smokestown Fire Company #1 - $13,826
• Stevens Fire Company - $12,106
• Weaverland Valley Fire Department Station 30 - $28,273
The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.
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. All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OSFC to receive their grants.
Representative Dave Zimmerman
99th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Charles Lardner