Kosierowski announces more than $242K in funding for fire, emergency medical services

State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today that a total of $242,585.39 was awarded to local volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies.

According to Kosierowski, the funding is provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. Overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, this annual program provides funding opportunities for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

“For more than a year, our fire and EMS companies here in NEPA and across the commonwealth have seen the calls increase and the associated costs of the COVID pandemic create challenges, challenges that were met head-on and without any decrease in the level of service provided to our communities,” said Kosierowski. “Today’s announcement is welcomed news, as these funds will offer aid at a time when it’s needed most.”

Awards have been announced as follows: 

  • Carbondale Fire Department: $12,589.72.
  • Clarks Summit Fire Company 1 Inc.: $12,946.22.
  • Clarks Summit Fire Company 1 Inc./EMS: $8,993.20.
  • Cottage Hose Ambulance Corps Inc.: $12,411.47.
  • Cottage Hose Company Number 2: $12,054.98.
  • Eagle Hose Company Number 1: $14,728.69.
  • Eagle McClure Hose Company Number 1 Station 93-3: $14,015.70.
  • Greenwood Hose Company Number 1: $15,000.
  • Justus Volunteer Fire Company: $12,054.98.
  • Justus Volunteer Fire Company/EMS: $8,993.20.
  • Lawrence Hose Company Number 1: $11,520.24.
  • Old Forge Hose and Engine Company: $13,124.46.
  • Scott Township Hose Company: $12,767.97.
  • Scott Township Hose Company/EMS: $8,993.20.
  • Taylor Fire and Rescue: $12,767.97.
  • Taylor Hose and Engine Company 1: $11,520.24.
  • Whites Crossing Hose Company: $12,411.47.
  • Whitmore Hose Company: $11,698.48.
  • William Walker Hose Company: $15,000.
  • William Walker Hose Company/EMS: $8,993.20.

Kosierowski explained that eligible organizations can use the grants for facilities and equipment, debt reduction, training and education, recruitment and retention, and to supplement operational expenses incurred by lack of opportunity for fundraising and inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

More information on the grant program can be found by clicking here.