– Seven fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in the 176th Legislative District were awarded nearly $89,000 in funding support through the 2022-23 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) announced today.
“This annual state funding helps our local fire and EMS companies maintain their life-saving operations,” said Rader. “We appreciate the services they provide to our communities and thank them for their dedication. I am certain these grants will be put to good use.”
Following is a list of local organizations that received grants and the amount of the awards:
Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Company - $12,106.
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company – $13,117.
Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company – $11,861.
Pocono Mountain Regional EMS – $9,944.
Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company – $12,844.
Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company – $13,826.
West End Fire Company of Brodheadsville - $15,000.
Projects and programs eligible for funding include facility upgrades, equipment purchases, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for savings accounts for the purpose of new facility construction.
The ongoing funding program was created by the General Assembly. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with the application process handled through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). The funding amounts are contingent on the recipients filing their grant agreements with OSFC.