Oberlander Announces State Fire, EMS Grants

Representative Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) said today that 25 fire and ambulance companies within the 63rd District will share more than $280,000 in state grant funding.

Specifically, the all-volunteer companies received a total of $283,360 for the 2018-2019 program year.

“The men and women of our local volunteer fire and ambulance companies are always available to us in our time of need,” said Oberlander.  “Within the past several months, many of these dedicated volunteers came to our communities’ aid through lengthy power outages and other emergencies. At a time when the number of volunteers statewide is falling, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for the time they spend raising funds, attending training, and keeping our communities safe.”

The funding can be used to construct or renovate a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair equipment, take training, or reduce existing debt.

The following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies receiving grants in Armstrong County:

Dayton District Volunteer Fire Department – $11,677
Distant Area Volunteer Fire Department – $12,337
Elderton District Volunteer Fire Department – $12,007
Parker City Volunteer Fire Department – $24,332
Pine Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,007
Rural Valley Hose Company – $11,842
Sugarcreek Township Ambulance Service – $7,155
Sugarcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,677
Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department – $11,677

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

Fire and ambulance companies are reminded that in order to receive their grants and retain their eligibility for the program, paperwork must be submitted back to the Office of Fire Commissioner by the end of May.

“I am hopeful this grant program gives our first response agencies a bit more flexibility in their budgets soi they can continue to serve our communities so well,” Oberlander added.