Feb. 06, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Carbon) announced that grants totaling more than $328,000 will be awarded to 24 fire company and EMS departments in the 122nd District. The grants are made possible through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP).

“Our local fire and EMS companies are dedicated to keeping all of us in Carbon County safe,” Heffley said. “These funds will help our first responders continue to do the important work of helping all of us in our time of need.”

“I’m thankful so many local fire and EMS companies were awarded these highly competitive funds,” Argall said. “These grants are well-deserved and will help our brave first responders with their critically important and dangerous jobs.”

Those receiving grants include:

Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company - $12,598.14.
American Fire Company No. 1 - $13,335.03.
Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company - $12,598.14.
Beaver Meadows Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 - $13,089.40.
Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company - $13,335.03.
Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Weatherly, PA - $12,598.14.
Diligent Fire Company No. 3 - $11,861.25.
East Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company - $12,598.14.
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 - $14,808.81.
Hauto Volunteer Fire Company - $12,598.14.
Lake Harmony Rescue and Ambulance Squad - $10,000.
Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company Inc. - $15,000.
Lehigh & Lausanne Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company - $12,598.14.
Lehighton Ambulance Association Inc. - $10,000.
Lehighton Fire Department - $15,000.
Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. - $15,000.
Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 - $15,000.
New Columbus Fire Company Inc. - $12,598.14.
Onoko Fire and Rescue - $30,000.
Palmerton Community Ambulance Association Inc. - $10,000.
Palmerton Municipal Fire Department Support Team - $14,317.55.
Parryville Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 - $12,352.51.
Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 - $14,071.92.
Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 - $12,843.77

In order to receive the funds, all recipients must file grant agreements with the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). 

FCEMSGP is administered by OSFC and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. Eligible projects include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts.  Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction. 
A complete list of grant awardees, as well as additional program eligibility requirements and important dates and information associated with future FCEMSGP funding rounds may be found online at osfc.pa.gov.    

Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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