Allegheny County fire, EMS agencies receive $2.5 million

Ambulance, fire companies awarded 184 state grants

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 8 – Area fire and EMS companies were recently awarded over $2.5 million through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today.

“Allegheny County is home to some of the most dedicated first responders in the commonwealth and many of them are volunteers,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, who chairs the delegation. “Our delegation is grateful to help emergency service companies throughout our region secure grants like these, which play an essential role in funding equipment, training, facility upgrades, and everything else our local heroes need to keep our communities safe.”

Eligible projects 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 construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

The grant program is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner and makes funding available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. All fire companies, emergency medical service and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.

A complete list of the $31 million awarded to 2,336 applicants across the state in this round of grant funding is available here.