– State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Centre/Clinton) announced today that 26 volunteer fire and ambulance companies located throughout the 76th District are set to receive approximately $530,503 through the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue and EMS Grant program.
Unanimously approved by the General Assembly in May and signed into law as Act 26 of 2020
, the purpose of this federal CARES Act funding is to provide financial relief and assistance to emergency responder organizations that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation measures and have lost revenues over the last several months.
“It is absolutely critical, not only from a financial perspective, but for the safety of all Pennsylvanians, that we continue to take legislative action to support the life-saving public service of our volunteer emergency responders,” said Borowicz. “As a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am pleased to see this funding returning to our area in a way that benefits and helps to protect every person in the 76th District.”
Administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC), eligible expenses for which the grants can be applied include utilities, insurance, apparatus repairs, fuel, personal protective equipment, sanitizing/disinfecting services and lost revenues due to pandemic restrictions.
Following is a list of local emergency responders and the amount of their grant awards:
• Citzens Hook & Ladder Fire Company #1, $11,094.
• Howard Volunteer Fire Company #1 Inc., $25,342.
• Miles Township Fire Company, $22,740.
• Pine Glen Volunteer Fire Company, $23,699.
• Mountaintop Fire Company, $23,425.
• Snow Shoe Fire Company, $22,740.
• Avis Volunteer Fire Company #1, $22,887.
• Beech Creek Blanchard Volunteer Fire Company, $15,048.
• Castanea Volunteer Fire Company, $23,151.
• Chapman Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $23,014.
• Citizens Hose Company #5, $25,342.
• Citizens Hose Company of South Renovo, $22,603.
• Dunnstown Fire Company, $24,384.
• Goodwill Hose Company No. 3, $22,662.
• Goodwill Hose Company Ambulance Association, $14,405.
• Hand In Hand Hose Company, $22,877.
• Hope Hose Company No. 2, $24,247.
• Lock Haven EMS, $5,856.
• Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company, $23,652.
• Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company, $22,740.
• Renovo Fire Department and Renovo EMS, $16,950.
• Sugar Valley Community Volunteer Fire Company Inc., $22,603.
• Volunteer Fire Company of Mill Hall, $22,603.
• Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Company, $22,603.
• Woolrich Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $23,836.
Program funds must be used for eligible expenses initiated on or after March 6 and completed on or before Dec. 30 to be considered eligible for the grant program. Recipients should expect to receive further communication from the OSFC in the coming weeks.
More information about these grants and other financial support programs for the state’s fire and EMS companies is available at osfc.pa.gov
The 76th Legislative District includes all of Clinton County and the Centre County communities of Benner, Boggs, Burnside, Curtin, Haines, Howard, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Snow Shoe and Union townships and the boroughs of Howard, Milesburg, Snow Shoe and Unionville.
Representative Stephanie Borowicz
76th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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