Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of grant awards totaling over $29 million for 2115 recipients, including a number in Bucks County, under the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.
“Fire and EMS companies are depended upon by Pennsylvanians each and every day to provide essential and often lifesaving services,” said Wolf. “We know that these organizations continue to experience negative impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and some are struggling financially. Grant programs like these are vital financial lifelines.”
The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. All fire companies, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.
Eligible projects in accordance with the 2021-22 program include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, construction savings account, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training (career departments only) and revenue loss due to COVID-19 impacts.
“Fire companies and emergency medical services companies throughout the commonwealth continue to deal with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook. “Increased call volume, rising costs and revenue loss have each made operations more difficult for our first responders. As such, our office is pleased to help get financial assistance into communities across the state.”