O’Mara announces over $100,000 in grants supporting emergency responders

SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 10 — State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that six emergency service companies in her Delaware County district received a total of $103,089 in grant awards.

The funding comes from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. This program is open to volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. O’Mara works with departments in her district every year to help bring this funding home.

Awards were distributed as follows:

  • Marple Township Ambulance Corps: $10,000
  • Media Fire Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 – Fire: $15,000
  • Media Fire Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 – EMS: $10,000
  • Morton Rutledge Fire Co.: $13,089
  • Rose Tree Fire Co. No. 1: $15,000
  • Springfield Fire Co.: $15,000
  • Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association – Fire: $15,000
  • Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association – EMS: $10,000

“Since taking office five years ago, one of my top priorities has been ensuring that our community’s first responders can safely and effectively do their jobs,” O’Mara said. “First responders risk their own safety and well-being every day in order to help people in crisis, so they deserve all the support we’re able to give them.”

O’Mara said grant funds may be used toward facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. 

“The 165th Legislative District is very fortunate to have the dedicated and highly skilled fire and EMS companies that we do, and grants like these help keep their mission alive while modernizing departments,” O’Mara said.

More information, including a complete list of grant recipients, is available online at: https://www.osfc.pa.gov/GrantsandLoans/Volunteer%20Fire%20Company%20And%20Ambulance%20Grants/Pages/default.aspx.