Davis announces grant awards to first responders

Lawmaker readies measure to ease loan cap for facilities, equipment

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, announced today that fire departments, ambulance and rescue squads serving the 141st Legislative District are receiving state grants totaling almost $100,000.

“Our first responders – who give so much time and effort to their communities – richly deserve this financial assistance,” Davis said. “The departments are at the essence of community safety.”

Davis, a member of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, said funding for the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program is generated from slot machine proceeds, not General Fund tax revenue.

Bucks County recipients include:

  • Bristol Township Fire District, $13,176;

  • Croydon Fire Co. No. 1, $14,284;

  • Edgely Fire Co. No. 1, $14,007;

  • Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad, $7,444;

  • Penndel Fire Co. No. 1, $14,284;

  • Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, $7,444;

  • Third District Fire Co. 1, Bristol, $14,000; and

  • William Penn Fire Co., Hulmeville, $14,284.The complete list of grant recipients is available on the Office of the State Fire Commissioner website, www.osfc.state.pa.us.

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities, purchasing new equipment and staff training, as well as repaying debt related to equipment purchases, facilities and their maintenance .

Davis said she also is seeking support for her legislation that would ease loan caps for volunteer fire and ambulance squads seeking financing through the state Volunteer Loan Assistance Program.

“My legislation would increase the loan limits to $500,000,” Davis said. “The increases would enable these important organizations to make needed upgrades to their facilities or buy vital equipment.”

Besides her appointment to the Gaming Oversight Committee, Davis also is serving on the House Consumer Affairs, Insurance, Judiciary and Professional Licensure panels.