Oct. 09, 2020

HARRISBURG – Seventeen fire and EMS companies in the 116th Legislative District were awarded a one-time state grant to assist with extra expenses resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne).
A total of $50 million was made available through the Office of State Fire Commissioner to provide direct financial relief to first responders in Pennsylvania impacted by the pandemic. These funds are to be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of opportunities for fundraising and inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Our first responders selflessly dedicate their time in service to their communities in Luzerne County – services that are needed now more than ever,” said Toohil. “I am pleased we are able to provide this additional funding for them while their normal fundraising efforts are on hold.”

The following fire and EMS companies submitted applications and received funding:

• Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department – $23,425.
• East End Engine and Hose Company No. 3 – $24,794.
• Fourteenth Ward Fire Company – $24,110.
• Harwood Fire Company – $23,288.
• Hazle Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company – $25,342.
• Hazleton Heights Volunteer Fire Company 4 – $23,836.
• Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $23,014.
• Huntington Valley Volunteer Fire Company – $22,603
• Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. – $22,877.
• Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $22,603.
• Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $22,603.
• Nuremberg Weston Volunteer Fire Company – $24,247.
• Shickshinny Area Volunteer Ambulance Association – $15,048.
• Sugarloaf Fire Company Inc. – $23,151.
• Sugarloaf Fire Company Inc. (EMS) – $15,048.
• Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Inc. – $24,657.
• Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Inc. (EMS) – $15,048.

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.

As stated in Act 26 of 2020, 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.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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