Feb. 15, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Sen. Rosemary Brown (R-Lackawanna/Monroe/Wayne) announced today 25 fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in Wayne County were awarded $361,713.33 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.”

“These grants are critical to assisting our emergency services, especially at the volunteer level, to function efficiently and reliably,” said Brown. “It is becoming more difficult and more expensive every year and these funds are utilized tremendously.”

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

Alert Hook and Ladder Company No. 2 - $14,034.16.
Browndale Fire Company No. 1 - $14,225.68.
Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. - $15,000.
Equinunk Volunteer Fire Company - $13,061.55.
Gouldsboro Ambulance Squad Inc. - $15,000.
Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Company - $16,951.99.
Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Association - $13,256.07.
Hamlin Fire and Rescue Company - $14,228.68.
Hamlin Fire and Rescue Company EMS - $15,000.
Hawley Fire Department Inc. - $14,034.16.
Honesdale Hose Company No. 1 - $14,617.72.
Lake Ariel Fire Company - $15,395.81.
Lakeville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. - $15,201.29.
Ledgedale Volunteer Fire Company - $13,450.59.
Maplewood Fire and Rescue Company - $15,590.33.
Newfoundland Area Ambulance Association - $15,000.
Pleasant Mount Emergency Services Inc. - $15,000.
Prompton Fire and Rescue Unit - $13,450.59.
Protection Engine Company No. 3 - $13,256.07.
Seelyville Fire Company - $14,812.24.
Texas #4 Fire Company - $15,395.81.
Volunteer Fire Company of Beach Lake - $14,228.68.
Waymart Volunteer Fire Company - $15,395.81.
Welcome Lake Fire and Rescue Inc. - $13,061.55.
White Mills Fire Department - $13,061.55.

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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