Davis: Over $125,000 awarded to area first responders

State House votes to extend grant program for four more years

LEVITTOWN, April 21 – 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 over $125,000.

"The funding through the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is vital because our fire and ambulance units need a break from raffles, spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers as they strive to protect us," Davis said. "Fortunately, the House recently passed legislation that would extend the program for another four years."

Davis said the grant program, due to expire at the end of June this year, provides crucial funding -- $30 million a year from slot machine proceeds -- for essential gear and station upkeep.

Besides extending the program through June 2020, Davis said H.B. 1877 would add career EMS companies as eligible recipients if they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

House Bill 1877 now awaits consideration in the state Senate.

Bucks County recipients of 2015-16 grants include:

  • Bristol Township Fire District, $13,106;

  • Croydon Fire Co. No. 1, $13,561;

  • Edgely Fire Co. No. 1, $13,789;

  • Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad, $7,201;

  • Penndel Fire Co. No. 1, $13,561;

  • Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, $7,201;

  • Third District Fire Co. 1, Bristol, $13,789;

  • William Penn Fire Co., Hulmeville, $13,789;

  • Bucks County Rescue Squad, $7,201;

  • Levittown Fire Co. No. 2, $13,270; and

  • Newportville Fire Co. 1, $13,789.