HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today reminded fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in Carbon County that the deadline to apply for a one-time state grant to assist with extra expenses resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis is Friday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m.
A total of $50 million is being made available through the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC)to provide direct financial relief to first responders in Pennsylvania impacted by the pandemic. These funds are to be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of opportunities for fundraising and inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will go to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will be for EMS companies.
Additional guidance regarding the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, including detailed registration instructions, is available online at the OSFC website, osfc.pa.gov
Legislation (Act 26 of 2020
) creating the program was passed unanimously by the House and Senate in May.
Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Andy Briggs