Haddock lauds nearly $280,000 in grants for local fire and EMS companies

HUGHESTOWN, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jim Haddock congratulated several fire companies and emergency medical services within the 118th Legislative District on receiving grant funding to continue to support their ability to provide emergency response, support and treatment.

“Our first responders answer the call every day and go above and beyond to keep our communities safe,” said Haddock, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna. “I am pleased to see these companies receive this essential funding so they can do everything necessary to protect us and provide emergency aid.”

Haddock said the grants awarded locally included:

Lackawanna County:

Dalton: Dalton Fire Company - $13,335

Moosic: Greenwood Hose Company No. 1 - $15,000

Old Forge: Eagle McClure Hose Company No. 1 Station 93-3 - $14,563; Old Forge Hose and Engine Company - $13,580

Taylor: Taylor Fire and Rescue - $14,317

Luzerne County:

Avoca: Avoca Hose Company No. 1 - $14,808; Avoca Ambulance Association – EMS - $10,000

Dupont: Dupont Vol. Hose Company No. 1 - $11,861

Duryea: Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 - $14,317; Germania Hose Company - $14,808                      

Laflin: Laflin Volunteer Fire Department - $13,335

Pittston: Eagle Hose Company No. 1 - $26,063; Greater Pittston Ambulance & Rescue Association - EMS - $30,000

Hughestown: Hughestown Hose Company No. 1 – Fire - $14,071; Hughestown Hose Company No. 1 – EMS - $10,000

Jenkins Township: Jenkins Township Volunteer Hose Company - $11,861

Pittston Township: Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Department - $14,071; Pittston Township Ambulance Association – EMS - $10,000

West Pittston: West Pittston Hose Company No. 1 - $13,335

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022-23 program include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for constructions savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

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

A full list of awardees can be found here.