Kortz: Measure to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies passes House

HARRISBURG, May 28 – State Rep. Bill Kortz today announced the unanimous passage of a bill that would provide one-time crisis grants to each volunteer fire and emergency medical services company in Pennsylvania.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said S.B. 1122 would establish the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. It would set aside $50 million in federal CARES funding for fire and EMS companies to provide services during the coronavirus pandemic. $44 million of the funds would be used for grants to fire companies, with the remaining $6 million to be used for grants for EMS companies.

“These volunteer organizations are on the front lines in responding to the needs of our community, even more so during this pandemic,” Kortz said. “They struggle financially under normal circumstances, but even more so now, because they’re unable to conduct their usual fundraising activities to help them stay active. I was proud to support this measure to help protect and support them moving forward.” 

The bill now heads to the governor’s office.