Rozzi delivers nearly $1 million in grants for local first responders

READING, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced that five grants have been awarded throughout this legislative district to benefit area emergency service companies.

The funding has been awarded as follows:

  • Muhlenberg Area Ambulance: $225,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for equipment, vehicles, facility improvements and basic life saving courses that will be open to the general public.
  • Muhlenberg Township Fire and Rescue: $250,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to help cover operational expenses, programming and new equipment costs.
  • Mount Penn Fire Co: $150,000 for the purchase of a new firetruck. The department’s current truck is over 30 years old and needs replacement.
  • Laureldale Borough: $150,000 for the purchase of police vehicles, tactical lights, holders and shields.
  • Central Berks Police Department: $200,000 for electrical upgrades for the building, which will enhance the department’s computer dispatch and record keeping systems, and equipment costs. Some new equipment being purchased includes a generator for the building, two new radios for police cars, and updating desktops, laptops and printers.

“These grants recognize the heroic efforts of our firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement officers, providing the crucial resources they need to protect and serve the people of Berks County,” Rozzi said. “I’m honored to do my part in helping to bring this funding home, ensuring first responders have the tools necessary to keep our neighborhoods safe in the face of catastrophe.”

Rozzi worked with each of these area emergency companies to apply for this funding and advocated for the awards. Questions may be directed to his office by calling 610-921-8921.