PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9, 2014 – Fire Departments, volunteer ambulance companies and rescue squads needing financial assistance to buy equipment, make renovations or repairs to their facilities or train new members should act soon to apply for a state grant, Sen. Christine Tartaglione said today.

Pennsylvania’s “Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program” is accepting applications until Oct. 17.

“Emergency responders who dedicate their lives to protecting the lives of others can take steps to improve their services by applying for this state grant,” Tartaglione said. “With better facilities, new equipment and added training, our first responders can help to save more lives and protect more property.”

All fire departments, volunteer fire companies and volunteer rescue companies are eligible for grants of between $2,500 and $15,000. Volunteer ambulance services can receive between $2,500 and $10,000, according to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Grants may be used to help pay to build or renovate facilities; buy or fix items that are “necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services;” buy or repair equipment; reduce debt; and train and certify members.

The application and requirements of the grant program are available on the fire commissioner’s website.


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