Area ambulance companies receive nearly $29,000 in state grants

PHILADELPHIA, April 21 -- State Reps. Mike Driscoll, Ed Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Kevin Boyle announced today that four ambulance companies in Northeast Philadelphia are sharing nearly $29,000 in state grants.   

"First responders are essential to public safety, and these grants provide them with resources so they can remain more focused on saving lives than on raising funds," Driscoll said. "These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities."

The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are partly funded from gaming revenue.

"Northeast Philadelphia relies on these ambulance companies and their volunteers to be there for us when every second counts," Neilson said. "These grants will help them continue to provide this invaluable services to our community." 

Grant recipients and amounts awarded in Northeast Philadelphia are as follows:

  • Northeast First Aid Corps – $7,202
  • Burholme First Aid Corps Inc. – $7,202
  • Rhawnhurst Bustleton Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,202
  • Wissinoming Volunteer First Aid Corps – $7,202

"Serving on the front lines whenever there is a fire, accident or other calamity, these essential service providers are among the most worthy recipients of state aid," Dawkins said. "These funds will allow them to continue their mission of providing life-saving services for our area."

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.

"These state grants provide some of the essential funds our first responders need to continue operating their companies," Boyle said. "Our first responders provide some of the most critical services that our city relies on and we must do all that we can to support the needs of these hard working men and women who keep our community safe every day."

The grant program is due to expire June 30, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly. The House recently approved a bill to extend the program for another four years. Driscoll, Neilson, Dawkins and Boyle voted for the bill, which has been sent to the Senate for consideration.