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Local Fire, Ambulance Organizations to Receive $286,000 in State Grants
January 24, 2014
HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith today announced that volunteer fire and ambulance associations in Jefferson and Indiana counties will receive more than $286,000 in state grant funding this year.

“These funds help to ensure the safety of citizens and the continued operation of the volunteer fire and EMS organizations that sustain our communities during emergencies,” Smith said.    “Every dollar counts in these budgets. The money awarded under this very successful and extremely important program will help ensure that the emergency responders we depend upon will be there when we need them.”      

The total award for volunteer fire companies is $258,635. Recipients include Cherry Tree, Commodore, Marion Center, Plumville and Rossiter in Indiana County; and Big Run, Brockway, Brookville, Central, Corsica, Elk Run, Friendship, Knox, McCalmont, Oliver, Perry, Pinecreek, Reynoldsville, Ringgold, Summerville and Sykesville in Jefferson County.

Ambulance companies from Brockway, Reynoldsville and Citizens in Indiana County and Jefferson County EMS will also receive nearly $28,000 in grant funds.

The grants may be used for construction and renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training and debt reduction.   The maximum amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services.

The Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Grant Program was established by the General Assembly in 2007 with funding for grants coming from state gaming proceeds.

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