Davis announces more than $158,000 in grants for fire, EMS companies

Funding can be used for equipment, training, other expenses

McKEESPORT, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced 11 fire and EMS companies in the 35th Legislative District were awarded $158,674 in grants.

“Our first responders have selflessly served our communities in the face of this pandemic,” Davis said. “COVID-19 has made it even more challenging for our local fire and EMS organizations to raise funds for their facilities, training and equipment so they can continue to do their work and keep us safe. I will continue to fight for funding that will continue to support our first responders and give them access to much-needed resources.”

The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. The following amounts were awarded:

  • City of McKeesport Fire Dept. - $14,750.
  • McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service - $8,325.
  • Versailles Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Inc. - $12,000.
  • Vigilant Hose Company No. 1 - $14,999.
  • Volunteer Firemans Association of Liberty Borough - $15,000.
  • Duquesne Volunteer Fire Dept. - $15,000.
  • Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co. - $15,000.
  • Munhall Area Prehospital Services - $8,325.
  • Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. #2 - $25,275.
  • Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 - $15,000.
  • Park Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4 - $15,000.

The funding can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, construction savings account, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training (career departments only) and revenue loss due to COVID-19 impacts.

A full list of fire and EMS companies awarded grants statewide is available here.

Earlier this week, Davis voted to pass bipartisan legislation that would send $25 million in emergency funding to EMS companies across Pennsylvania.