Feb. 10, 2022

HARRISBURG – Twenty-five fire and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations in Carbon County were awarded nearly $360,000 in funding support through the 2021-22 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today. The grant amounts range from $8,325 to $30,000.

“Now more than ever, our dedicated first responders need this state financial support to continue providing their live-saving services to communities throughout Carbon County,” said Heffley. “I am pleased so many of our local fire and ambulance companies apply for this funding every year to help defray some of their operating costs.” 

“Our volunteer first responders perform heroic tasks daily and often go above and beyond the call of duty to protect our communities,” said Yudichak. “They continue to do this during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has put a significant financial strain on our volunteer fire companies and emergency services organizations as fundraising opportunities have been become limited. The funding announced today will not only help these organizations continue to run their day-to-day operations, but will also help them purchase upgraded equipment and receive the latest training and education.” 

Following is a list of fire and EMS organizations in the 122nd Legislative District that received grants:
Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company 
American Fire Company No. 1 
Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company
Beaver Meadows Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 
Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company
Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Weatherly, PA 
Diligence Fire Company No. 1 
East Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 
Hauto Volunteer Fire Company 
Lake Harmony Rescue and Ambulance Squad
Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company Inc. 
Lehigh and Lausanne Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 
Lehighton Ambulance Association Inc.
Lehighton Fire Department 
Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association Inc. 
Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. 
Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 
New Columbus Fire Company Inc. 
Onoko Fire and Rescue
Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc. 
Palmerton Municipal Fire Department Support Team
Parryville Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 
Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 
Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training and education, recruitment and retention, or debt reduction. Funds may also be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of fundraising opportunities resulting from the pandemic. 

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.

Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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