Costa announces more than $144K in fire company, EMS grants

PITTSBURGH, April 28 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today that 12 local fire companies are receiving more than $144,000 in state grants.

The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, 2016, Costa recently voted for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.

Fire and EMS companies in the 21st Legislative District that received grants are:


Ross West View EMS Authority, $7,201;

Seneca Area Emergency Services, $7,201;

Spring Garden, $12,422;

Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Dept., $11,511;

Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $11,672;

Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co., $12,878;

Laurel Gardens Volunteer Fire Co., $13,106;

Etna Volunteer Fire Department, $13,334;

Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $13,562;

Berkeley Hills Fire Co., $13,789;

Evergreen Fire Co., $13,789;

Mt Troy VFC, $13,789.


Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.