Longietti announces nearly $180,000 in fire grants

HERMITAGE, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Mark Longietti has announced the award of $179,476 in state grants to 14 fire companies in his district.

“The costs associated with running fire and EMS services can put a huge burden on these companies, between keeping personnel trained to maintaining equipment and facilities in perfect working order,” Longietti said. “This funding will help alleviate that burden to departments and help keep our courageous first responders safe at the front lines.”

Longietti said the following fire companies will receive grants in these amounts:

Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,467
Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
– $13,152

Greenville Fire Department
– $13,426

Greenville Volunteer Fire Co.
– $12,057

Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
– $14,248

Patagonia Vol Fire Department
– $12,331
Sharon Fire Department – $14,248
Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,289
Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,194
Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,563
South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,783
West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,015
West Salem Fire Department – $12,057
Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,646

The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

The funding may be used for training and certification of members; purchase or repair of equipment and purchase of vehicle fuel; building construction, renovation and repair; debt reduction associated with eligible building or equipment projects; fire-prevention training and education materials for the general public and overtime costs associated with backfilling position while firefighter are attending training.

Longietti noted that recipients must complete and return the original signed copies of their grant agreements to the OSFC office by May 31 to have the grants processed. Recipients must also comply with PENNFIRS reporting requirements. Additional information, including the grant application, is available at the Office of State Fire Commissioner website, here: www.osfc.pa.gov.