Local Fire Departments Benefit from State Grants

HARRISBURG РPA State Representative Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) said many Armstrong County fire and ambulance  companies will benefit from a state grant totally $237,602.

“We owe the men and women who serve our communities as first responders a debt of gratitude because they dedicate so much of their time and energy to keeping us safe,” Oberlander said in a prepared statement. “This grant program, which has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to our district each year, in intended to offer a bit of breathing room and allow them the ability to pay down debt, purchase new equipment, attend important training sessions, or even keep fuel in their tanks.”

The grants are funded by slot machine proceeds and not tax money.

“To help ensure that grants are awarded consistently to our local companies, it is imperative for local fire and EMS companies to submit applications every year,” Oberlander added.

In Armstrong County, the following amounts were awarded:

Dayton District Fire Department – $11,727
Distant Area Fire Department – $12,464
Elderton District Fire Department – $12,096
Parker City Fire Department – $24,517
Sugarcreek Township Ambulance Service – $7,037
Sugarcreek Township Fire Department – $12,833
Washington Township Fire Department – $11,543

In Clarion County, grant amounts included:

Callensburg-Licking Township Fire Department – $11,911
Clarion Fire and Hose Company #1 – $11,543
East Brady Fire Department – $12,280
Farmington Township Fire Company – $11,543
Knox Area Ambulance Company – $7,037
Knox Fire Company – $12,464
Limestone Township Fire Company – $11,543
New Bethlehem Fire Company #1 – $11,911
Rimersburg Hose Company – $11,543
Shippenville-Elk Township Fire Department – $4,151
Southern Clarion County Ambulance – $7,037
St. Petersburg Fire Company #1 – $11,543
Strattanville Fire Company #1 – $9,336
Washington Township Fire Department – $11,543