Noteworthy: Monday, September 16, 2013
Fire, ambulance grants available
HARRISBURG - The 2013-14 Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Services Grant Program opens next week and the state will be accepting applications for funding, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). The Office of State Fire Commissioner is accepting grant applications from local fire and ambulance companies through mid-October.
Last year, over 2,600 fire and ambulance companies applied for and received the funding, which totaled $25 million, Gordner said.
Due to improving economic conditions and the popularity of the program, the General Assembly was able to increase the grant fund to $30 million for the current year, he said.
Fire and ambulance companies may use the grant funds to construct or renovate facilities, purchase or repair equipment, pay for training and certification of members, or retire debt related to facility or equipment purchases. Grants are no less than $2,500 and may be as much as $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for ambulance services.
"I encourage all fire and ambulance services to apply for this important funding as they continue to serve our area," said Gordner.
Applications and information on the program are available through the Office of State Fire Commissioner at www.osfc.state.pa.us