Venkat announces $100,000 in state funding for local emergency organizations

Grants will help local emergency service organizations purchase equipment

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – Hitting the ground running, state Rep.-elect Arvind Venkat, D-Allegheny, today announced that he has helped secure $100,000 for emergency service organizations in his community.

These grants will invest in better equipment for first responders, allowing them to increase their efficiency when serving local communities.

“As an emergency physician and now state representative-elect, I know how critical it is to have the right tools for the job and that in an emergency, every second counts,” Venkat said. “I am happy to help deliver these grants for our communities. First responders directly impact the well-being of our communities, meaning that any investment that I can garner for them is a direct investment into our community at large.”

The grants are:

  • $40,000 to the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority for advanced airway and personal protective equipment.
  • $20,000 to Hampton Township to replace radios for the Hampton Township Police Department.
  • $20,000 to the Ohio Township Police Department - serving Ohio Township, Kilbuck, Emsworth, Ben Avon and Ben Avon Heights - for new laptop computers in police vehicles.
  • $20,000 to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company - serving Emsworth, Ben Avon and Kilbuck - for new turnout gear for firefighters.

The funds are sourced from a grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.