Miller announces multiple fire department and EMS grants in 42nd District, applauds volunteers’ dedication

MT. LEBANON, April 20 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, congratulated the five fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district that will receive more than $58,000 in state grants.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line and sacrifice their time, energy and safety to ensure that our communities have vital services,” Miller said. “These grants can go a long way in helping make sure these departments have what they need to continue their life-saving work.”

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, Miller recently voted in favor of H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and is currently awaiting action in the Senate.

Organizations in the 42nd Legislative District receiving grants are:

  • Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department, $13,000;
  • Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, $13,789;
  • East Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department, $13,789;
  • Medical Rescue Team South Authority, $3,788; and
  • Volunteer Fire Company of Mt. Lebanon Inc., $13,789;

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward 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.