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10 local fire companies, EMS providers receive state grants

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 12:01 AM

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commission (OSFC) has awarded grants to fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads statewide. Thirteen recipients are in District 30, and 59 are in District 38.

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program administers the 2019-2020 grants, which recipients may use for facility construction or repair, equipment purchase or repair, debt reduction associated with a facility or equipment, education and training and overtime costs.

“We’re going to put it toward our building loan for debt reduction,” Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Ahern said of plans for its $13,152 grant.

Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Karl Cavanaugh said his department will use its $13,015 grant on equipment such as a new hose, flashlights and intake valves for a new ladder truck.

Additional beneficiaries within the Shaler Journal’s circulation area include: Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co., $12,878; Elfinwild Volunteer Hose Co., $13,015; Etna Volunteer Fire Co., $14,248; Middle Road Volunteer Fire Department, $13,152; Shaler Hampton Emergency Medical Services, $8,413; Sharps Hill Volunteer Fire Department, $12,194; Undercliff Volunteer Fire Co., $13,563; and Reserve Volunteer Fire Department, $25,748.

In order to receive the grant, organizations must report incidents using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System software.

OSFC grants are funded though slot machine gaming rather than Pennsylvania’s general fund tax revenue.

“This is wonderful news for our district,” said State Rep. Lori Mizgorski, who represents District 30. “Our communities are blessed with wonderful fire and ambulance companies, and I am pleased we are able to support these hard-working groups with additional funding from the state, so they can continue to serve our communities.”

“Our EMS companies and volunteer fire departments spend countless hours fundraising to provide top-quality, life-saving services to their community members every single year,” said State Sen. Lindsey Williams, who represents District 38. “This funding is a good start to relieving that fundraising burden, but we need to go further in helping our first responders run their day-to-day operations safely and at the high level of professionalism that we have come to expect from these mostly volunteer organizations.”