Rozzi announces $120,000 in fire department, EMS grants in 126th District

TEMPLE, April 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that eight fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $120,000 in state grants.

The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are funded partly by gaming revenue.

“As a legislator, I understand the financial hardships some companies are facing,” Rozzi said. “It’s only right that we do what we can to give them the financial support they need to continue keeping our neighborhoods safe.”

126th Legislative District grant recipients include:

  • Lower Alsace Ambulance, $7,201;
  • Muhlenberg Area Ambulance, $7,201;
  • Community Volunteer Fire Company of Lower Alsace Township, $11,967;
  • Central Fire Co. #1 of Laureldale, $12,422;
  • Temple Fire Co. #1, $13,561;
  • City of Reading Pennsylvania Department of Fire and Rescue Services, $13,789;
  • Mount Penn Fire Company, $13,789;
  • Goodwill Fire Co. of Hyde Park, $13,789;
  • Exeter Township Volunteer Firefighters Association, 13,789; and
  • West Reading Fire Company #1, $13,789.

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant 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.

The grant program is due to expire June 30, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly. The House recently approved a bill to extend the program another four years. Rozzi voted for the bill, which has been sent to the Senate for consideration.