Local Fire, Ambulance Grants Announced

Volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $400,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“We have so many dedicated (men and women) who willingly give of their time to respond to emergencies and serve our communities, and I am very grateful to them for their work,” Causer said. “I am pleased we were able to expand this year’s grant program to better support them in their mission of protecting the public.”

Last fall, lawmakers voted to both extend and expand the decade-old program by increasing the total grant funding from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also provided financial assistance to some paid municipal fire companies, such as the City of Bradford Fire Department.

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not general fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided more than $3.2 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. 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.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service Inc., Emporium – $6,651.49.
Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,500.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,500.
Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Sinnamahoning – $11,500.

McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $12,954.87
Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $13,116.29.
Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $11,500.
Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $11,500.
Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,661.42.
Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Cyclone – $11,500.
Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,500.
Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,661.42.
Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,822.84.
Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department, Ludlow – $11,500.
Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $6,651.49.
Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,661.42.
Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Port Allegany Fire Department-Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $13,116.29.
Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $11,822.84.
Smethport Fire Department, Smethport – $10,118.

Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $6,651.49.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $11,500.
Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $6,651.49.
Genesee Volunteer Fire Department, Genesee – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,661.42 for fire company operations.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $11,500.
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $11,601.14.
Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $6,651.49.
Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,500.
Roulette Chemical Engine Company No. 1, Roulette – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,822.84 for fire company operations.
Tri-Town Fire Company, Ulysses – $11,984.95.

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