Curry applauds state grants awarded to local fire and EMS companies

UPPER DARBY, Feb. 16 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, announced today $53,325 in Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services grants.

“Our first responders put themselves in danger to protect all of us, but many of our rescue departments are facing staffing and funding challenges,” said Curry. “I am hopeful that this grant money will ease some of the burden they face and allow them to continue serving their communities.”

The grants were awarded to the following local fire and rescue departments:

  • East Lansdowne Fire Co. #1: $15,000 (Fire) and $8,325 (EMS).
  • Lansdowne Fire Co.:  $15,000.
  • Upper Darby Fire Co. No 1: $15,000.

The grants are administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and 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.

All fire companies, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for the annual grant program.

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