Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today officially introduced a measure to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies.

Snyder said House Bill 2374 would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, which has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016, she added.

“Every day, our brave men and women are putting their lives on the line to help us stay safe and assist those in need, especially now during these uncertain times with the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Snyder said. “They aren’t able to conduct their normal fundraising activities, and that’s why this grant program is so vital to help them stay afloat and answer the call.”

Snyder added her bill has more than 30 co-sponsors and she anticipates the House will move quickly to consider it.

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