Mar. 19, 2019

HARRISBURG – Twenty-four fire and EMS organizations in the 116th Legislative District have been awarded nearly $290,000 in funding through the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced today.

“We need to do all we can to support our emergency responders and I’m glad this program exists to defray some of the costs they incur while providing lifesaving services to our communities,” said Toohil. “These state funds will help to ensure they have the equipment and training necessary to continue the important work of protecting lives and property.”

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Following is a list of fire and EMS organizations in the 116th Legislative District that received grants and the amount of their awards:

• American Patient Transport Systems Inc. – $7,155.
• Diamond Engine Hose Hook and Ladder Company No. 2 – $13,987.
• Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department (fire) – $12,502.
• Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department (EMS) – $7,155.
• East End Engine and Hose Company No. 3 – $14,317.
• Fourteenth Ward Fire Company – $13,162.
• Harwood Fire Company – $12,337.
• Hazle Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company – $14,811.
• Hazleton City Fire Department – $14,811.
• Hazleton Heights Volunteer Fire Company – $12,997.
• Hazleton Rescue Squad – $14,811.
• Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 (fire) – $12,008.
• Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 (EMS) – $7,155.
• Huntington Valley Volunteer Fire Company (fire) – $11,513.
• Huntington Valley Volunteer Fire Company (EMS) – $5,457.
• Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $12,008.
• Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $11,513.
• Nuremberg Weston Volunteer Fire Company – $13,492.
• Salem Township Volunteer Fire Company – $24,992.
• Shickshinny Volunteer Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,155.
• Sugarloaf Fire Company (fire) – $12,172.
• Sugarloaf Fire Company (EMS) – $12,172.
• Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Inc. (fire) – $14,317.
• Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Inc. (EMS) – $7,155.

Fire and ambulance companies are reminded that in order to receive their grants and retain their eligibility for the program, paperwork must be submitted back to the Office of Fire Commissioner by the end of May.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil
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