Borowski announces nearly $90,000 in funding for local fire departments & EMS agencies

Grants to be used for updated equipment, training

NEWTOWN, Feb. 13 – In support of the organizations that provide crucial emergency services to residents of the 168th Legislative District, state Rep. Lisa Borowski, D-Delaware, announced today that $89,398 in state grants has been awarded to several fire departments and EMS agencies serving the townships of Edgmont, Middletown, Newtown, and Radnor.

“Emergency service agencies across the commonwealth have been hit hard by the pandemic in a variety of ways, spanning from staff shortages to exacerbation of existing issues such as poor reimbursement rates for ambulance responses,” Borowski said. “Our volunteer fire/EMS companies keep our communities safe and it is essential they have the resources necessary to sustain operations.”

“I know that my neighbors in the 168th share my gratitude for the hardworking first responders who spring into action to help our residents in crisis, risking their own safety to do so,” Borowski continued. “I’ll continue to ensure they receive all the support available to them and seek new opportunities for funding and reimbursement.”

Borowski said six fire departments and EMS agencies serving her district’s communities will receive funding under the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program:

  • Edgmont Township Fire Co. No. 1: $13,335
  • Newtown Square Fire Co. No. 1: $15,000
  • Radnor Fire Co. (Fire): $15,000
  • Radnor Fire Co. (EMS): $10,000
  • Rocky Run Fire Co. (Fire): $26,063
  • Rocky Run Fire Co. (EMS): $10,000

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Funding may be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Fire companies were also permitted to apply for savings accounts for new facility construction.