McCarter announces over $150,000 in fire department and EMS grants

GLENSIDE, April 20 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that 12 local fire and EMS companies are receiving over $150,000 in state grants.

“Our brave first responders frequently run into dangerous situations that our instincts tell us to avoid,” McCarter said. “This well-deserved grant money will help ensure that they have everything they need to continue to do a selfless job that is vital to our communities.”

The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, 2016, McCarter recently voted in favor of H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and is currently awaiting action in the Senate.

Fire and EMS companies in the 154th Legislative District that received grants are:

  • Cheltenham Hook & Ladder Company 1, $13,789;
  • Cheltenham Township Emergency Medical Services, $3,601;
  • Elkins Park Fire Company, $13,789;
  • Flourtown Fire Company, $13,789;
  • Glenside Fire Company No. 1, $13,789;
  • Independent Fire Company of Jenkintown, $13,789;
  • LaMott Fire Company No. 1, $13,789;
  • McKinley Fire Company No. 1, $13,106;
  • Ogontz Fire Company, $13,561;
  • Oreland Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $13,789;
  • Pioneer Fire Company No. 1, $13,789;
  • Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1, $12,194.

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.