McNeill lauds local fire companies and EMS on grant funding

Funds can be used for acquiring equipment, training and recruitment

WHITEHALL, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill congratulates several fire companies and emergency medical services within the 133rd Legislative District on receiving grant funding to continue to support their ability to provide emergency response, support and treatment.

“Fire and EMS companies provide essential life-saving services and deserve every cent of this grant funding to keep our communities safe,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “At a time when funding departments can be difficult, I am pleased to see these companies receive this funding so they can continue their front-line operations and protect us.”

McNeill said the grants awarded locally included:

City of Bethlehem: 

Bethlehem City Emergency Medical Service Fire - $15,000

Bethlehem City Emergency Medical Service EMS - $6,094

Borough of Catasauqua:

Catasauqua Fire Department - $15,000

Borough of Coplay:

Coplay Fire Department - $14,071

Hanover Township, Lehigh County:

HAN LE CO Volunteer Fire Co. 1 - $11,861

Lehigh Valley:

International Association of Fire Fighters Lehigh-Northampton Counties - $13,826

Whitehall Township:

Egypt Fire Co. No. 1 - $15,000

Fullerton Fire Co. No. 1 - $12,843

Hokendauqua Fire Co. - $13,580

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022-23 program include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

All fire companies, emergency medical service, and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.

A full list of awardees can be found here.