HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s fire, rescue and EMS companies have been working hard throughout the pandemic to keep citizens of the Commonwealth safe. To assist with extra expenses resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency, first responder companies in the 117th Legislative District received $455,915 in state grants provided by the Office of State Fire Commissioner.
Rep. Karen Boback (R-Wyoming/Lackawanna/Luzerne) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) are proud this money is being awarded to the companies dedicated to the safety of their communities.
“The pandemic has placed even greater demands on our indispensable first responders,” said Baker. “This funding is vital in helping ensure these units can continue to provide these quality services. It is also a beginning in providing struggling communities with the help they need in meeting the extraordinary expenses that have been added to their ongoing responsibilities.”
The money must be used for eligible expenses, including utilities, insurance, apparatus repairs, fuel, personal protective equipment, lost revenues due to pandemic restrictions, and the sanitizing of equipment and property.
“Our first responders have been hit extremely hard by the pandemic, as has most of Pennsylvania,” Boback said. “The services they provide are critical to all our constituents. The allocated funds will help with the financial burden they have faced this year.”
The following fire and ambulance companies in 117th District submitted applications and received funding:
• Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, Inc. (EMS) - $24,238.
• Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, Inc. (Fire) - $36,431.
• Dalton EMS - $15,048.
• Dalton Fire Company - $23,836.
• Factoryville Fire Company - $24,247.
• Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company - $23,562.
• Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department - $11,094.
• Goodwill Fire Company - $11,094.
• Hunlock Creek Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc. - $15,048.
• Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company - $22,603.
• Jonathan R. Davis Volunteer Fire Company - $22,603.
• Kunkle Fire Company, Inc. - $24,520.
• Lake Carey Volunteer Fire Company - $23,151.
• Lake Winola Volunteer Fire Company 1 - $24,794.
• Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company (EMS) - $12,876.
• Nicholson Fire Company 1 - $23,836.
• Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company - $25,342.
• Noxen Community Ambulance Association - $15,048.
• Noxen Volunteer Fire Company - $23,425.
• Sweet Valley Ambulance Association - $5,856.
• Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company - $23,153.
• Triton Hose Company 1 - $24,110.
Legislation creating the COVID-19 Crisis Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program was passed unanimously by the General Assembly in May with funding support through the federal CARES Act.
Representative Karen Boback
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Michelle Swab
Senator Lisa Baker
20th Legislative District
Media Contact: Jennifer Wilson