Flynn lauds House passage of bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to extend and expand Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

The program, which provides grants to fire and EMS companies across the commonwealth to fund protective equipment and training, is set to expire next summer. House Bill 1834 would extend it until 2024 and expand the program to allow funding for both paid and volunteer companies to be used for recruitment purposes.

“Fire and EMS companies are dealing with a critical decline in volunteerism and recruitment,” Flynn said. “This bill will help these companies continue to retain the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our homes and our communities safe every day.”

This is one of several bills passed by the House to expand support for emergency first responders and fire companies. It heads to the state Senate for consideration.