Longietti announces more than $181,000 in fire grants

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced the award of $181,457 in state grants to 14 fire companies in the 7th Legislative District.

“Our firefighters risk their lives for us every day, and in addition to combating a wide range of hazards, they also contend with financial challenges that can impact services,” Longietti said. “These grants, which will fund equipment, training and other vital resources, will help defray costs and maximize firefighter safety so these professionals and volunteers can continue their life-saving work.”

Longietti said the grants are as follows:

Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667
Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $13,326
Greenville Fire Department – $13,656
Greenville Volunteer Fire Company – $12,172
Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $14,811
Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department – $12,502
Sharon Fire Department – $14,481
Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,656
Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,172
South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,677
Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,491
West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,162
West Salem Fire Department – $12,007
Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,677 

The grants are provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.