Feb. 15, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) announced today 23 fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in Susquehanna County were awarded $331,082.39 in grant funding.

“It’s wonderful to see these grant dollars given to our local fire and EMS companies that are on the frontline when an emergency strikes within our community,” said Fritz. “These grants are well-deserved and will help our brave first responders with their critically important and dangerous jobs.”

“This is a vital program that continues to deliver results for our local communities. We all recognize these are challenging times for units struggling to retain and attract personnel and to secure the funding to keep equipment and training up to standard,” said Baker.  “Area companies have done a good job in maintaining the capacity to respond and capably answering the calls when they come in for a wide range of emergency situations. The leaders and members of local units are to be commended for qualifying for these grants.”

Following is a list of local organizations that received grants and the amount of the awards:

Barnes Kasson Hospital EMS - $15,000.
Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company - $15006.77.
Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company EMS - $15,000.
Columbia Hose Co. 1 - $14,423.20.
Columbia Hose Co. 1 EMS - $15,000.
Elk Lake Volunteer Fire Company - $13,256.07.
Forest City Area Emergency Services - $20,000.
Forest City Area Emergency Services EMS - $15,000.
Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Company No.1 - $13,256.07.
Great Bend Hose Company No. 1 - $13,645.11.
Hallstead Fire and Engine Hose Company No. 1 - $14,228.68.
Harford Volunteer Fire Company - $15,201.29
Harford Volunteer Fire Company EMS - $15,000.
Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company - $13,061.55
Montrose Minute Men Inc. - $10,000.
Rush Volunteer Fire Department Inc. - $13,256.07.
Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Company Inc. - $13,061.55.
Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Company Inc. EMS - $15,000.
Susquehanna Fire Department Inc. - $14,617.72.
Susquehanna Fire Department Inc. EMS - $15,000.
Thompson Hose Company Inc. - $14,423.20.
Thompson Hose Company Inc. EMS - $15,000.
Union Dale Volunteer Fire Company - $14,645.11.

Projects and programs eligible for funding include facility upgrades, equipment purchases, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with the application process handled through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). The funding amounts are contingent on the recipients filing their grant agreements with OSFC.

Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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