Kazeem praises grants for local EMS and fire departments

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – Several local fire departments and emergency medical service providers have been awarded grants from Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, state Rep. Carol Kazeem, D-Delaware, announced today.

The program is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner and makes an annual grant program available to volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical service providers and rescue squads.

The following local fire and EMS services were awarded grants:

  • Boothwyn Fire Co. No. 1 - $13,089 for fire services and $10,000 for EMS.
  • Ogden Fire Co. No. 1 - $13,580 for fire services.
  • Reliance Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Co. - $15,000 for fire services.
  • Chester Township Fire Co. - $13,089 for fire services.
  • City of Chester Fire Dept. - $15,000 for fire services.
  • Lower Chichester Volunteer Fire Co. 1 - $12,843 for fire services.
  • Marcus Hook Trainer Fire Dept. - $14,071 for fire services.
  • Eddystone Borough Fire Co. DBA Eddystone Fire - $14,071 for fire services

“We must remain supportive of our first responders,” said Kazeem. “These grants will provide a boost to our fire and EMS providers for whatever needs they may have. I thank the Shapiro Administration for awarding this funding to our first responders here in Delaware County and across the commonwealth.”

Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook announced that more than $31 million was awarded to 2,336 applicants throughout the commonwealth.

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