HARRISBURG - Several area volunteer fire and ambulance companies throughout the 107th state legislative district will receive part of more than $420,000 from state gaming proceeds as part of a state grant program.

Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107) announced the grants Wednesday as part of the Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

"I am glad that so many of our area fire and EMS units applied for funding as part of this year's grant and will now benefit as a result," Masser said in a press release. "Each unit knows what it could use a little extra funding for, whether it is a certain piece of equipment to keep its crew members safe while acting in emergency situations, or fixing a roof in its station."

As part of the grant program, recipients can use the funding to build, repair or renovate a fire company or ambulance service's primary structure, purchase or repair firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment, participate in training seminars and workshops, or pay down the organization's debt.

Most of the grants received by fire companies came between $12,000 and $13,000 with the highest amount received being $13,619.31 each to four departments in Mount Carmel, and to fire companies and emergency squads in Shamokin, Coal Township, and Ralpho Township. Ambulance companies were all awarded the same amount, $7,091.40.

The list of companies that received grants and their amounts, listed by county, is as follows:

Columbia

- Aristes Fire Company No. 1, Aristes - $13,133.27

- Centralia Fire Company No. 1, Centralia - $4,700.

- Wilburton Hose Company No. 1, Wilburton - $12,323.21.

Montour

- Danville Ambulance Service, Danville - $7,091.40.

- East End Fire Company, Danville - $13,596.63.

- Friendship Fire Company No. 1, Danville - $12,647,24.

- Goodwill Hose Company No. 4, Danville - $12,161.20.

- Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Company, Danville - $12,809.25.

- Valley Township Fire Company, Danville - $12,647.24.

- Washingtonville Volunteer Fire Company, Washingtonville - $12,486.03.

Northumberland

- American Hose and Chemical Fire Company, Mount Carmel - $12,323.21.

- Anthracite Steam Fire Company No. 1, Mount Carmel - $13,619.31.

- Atlas Fire Company, Mount Carmel - $13,619.31.

- Beaverdale Fire Company, Mount Carmel - $12,161.20.

- Brady Fire Association No. 1 of Johnson City, Ranshaw - $12,972.07.

- Clover Hose Company, Mount Carmel - $13,619.31.

- Coal Township Rescue Inc., Coal Township - $12,000.

- East Cameron Township Fire Company, Shamokin - $12,323.21.

- East End Hose and Fire Company, Coal Township - $12,000.

- Elysburg Fire Company No. 1, Elysburg - $12,619.31.

- Elysburg Fire Company No. 1, EMS, Elysburg - $7,091.40.

- Forest Hills Fire Company, Coal Township - $12,809.25.

- Friendship Fire Engine and Hose Company, Shamokin - $12,809.25.

- Independence Fire Association, Shamokin - $12,161.20.

- Kulpmont Fire Company No. 1, Kulpmont - $13,458.11.

- Liberty Hose Company, Shamokin - $13,295.29.

- Maine Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1 of Silver Hill, Coal Township - $13,619.31.

- Marion Heights Fire Company, Marion Heights - $12,161.20.

- Mount Carmel Area Rescue Squad, Mount Carmel - $13,619.31.

- Natalie Fire Company, Natalie - $12,161.20.

- Ralpho Fire Company No. 1, Shamokin - $13,619.31.

- Rescue Fire Company, Shamokin - $12,972.07.

- Shamokin Emergency Squad, Shamokin - $13,619.31.

- Strong Fire Company, Mount Carmel - $12,486.03.

- Trevorton Community Ambulance Association, Trevorton - $7,091.40.

- Union Fire Company, Coal Township - $12,323.21.