Kosierowski lauds House passage of bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill which would help emergency service companies fund recruitment efforts.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program provides grants to fire and EMS companies across the Commonwealth to fund protective equipment and training. House Bill 1834 would extend and expand the program to also provide and allow funding to be used for volunteer recruitment.

“These emergency companies are facing a serious shortage of recruits, which can greatly impact responses to fires and emergencies,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to support the expansion of this program to ensure these fire and EMS companies are able to attract and retain the recruits they need.”

This bill is one of a number of bills passed by the House to expand support for emergency first responders and companies. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration.