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Local Fire, EMS Departments Receive State Grants

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
March 20, 2018
Posted in: Announcements

Mon-Yough area fire and ambulance companies will receive nearly $400,000 in state grants through Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance, a spokeswoman said.

“These grants will provide crucial funding to ensure that our local firefighters and EMS workers have what they need to carry out their life-saving work,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35th District. More than $160,000 is being awarded to 13 fire and ambulance companies in his district.

The funding will provide for equipment, training and other resources that are so important to their safety and the safety of our community, Davis said.

According to the state Fire Commissioner's Office, fire and ambulance companies may use the money to repair, renovate or purchase fixtures, equipment or facilities directly related to their public safety services; pay off debt incurred for those repairs or purchases; train and educate their members; and train or educate the general public.

The money is allocated each year by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Fire, ambulance and rescue companies may request up to $15,000 for authorized expenses, under state law.

Some of the Mon-Yough area grant recipients for fiscal year 2017-18 include:

  • Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co., $12,096
  • Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Co., $12,096
  • Bunola Volunteer Fire Co., $12,096
  • Central Volunteer Fire Co. (Elizabeth Twp.), $15,000
  • Circleville Volunteer Fire Dept. (North Huntingdon Twp.), $14,123
  • Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 (Glassport), $13,386
  • Clairton Volunteer Fire Dept., $12,000
  • Coulter Volunteer Fire Co. and Relief, $11,911
  • Crestas Volunteer Fire Co. (North Versailles Twp.), $11,543
  • Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Dept. No. 1, $14,307
  • Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co. (West Mifflin), $12,096
  • Duquesne Volunteer Fire Dept., $12,833
  • Elizabeth Twp. Area Emergency Medical Service, $21,117
  • Elizabeth Twp. Fire Dept. No. 1, $24,149
  • Fire Department of North Versailles, $13,570 (fire), $7,037 (EMS)
  • Greenock Volunteer Fire Co., $14,123
  • Hartford Heights Volunteer Fire Dept. (North Huntingdon Twp.), $12,464
  • Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 1, $13,754
  • McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service, $7,037
  • McKeesport Fire Dept., $14,770
  • North Huntingdon Rescue/EMS, $7,037 (EMS), $13,201 (Fire)
  • Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. (White Oak), $12,649
  • Skyview Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4 (West Mifflin), $13,386
  • United Volunteer Fire & Rescue (East McKeesport and Wall), $12,649
  • Versailles Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, $11,543
  • Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1 (Port Vue), $13,201
  • Volunteer Fireman's Association of Liberty Borough, $12,464
  • West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, $13,201
  • White Oak Emergency Medical Service, $7,037
  • White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, $13,386
  • Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Dept., $11,727

Recipients must complete and return original signed copies of their grant agreements by May 31 in order to receive the funds, Davis said.

Originally published March 20, 2018.

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