Feb. 06, 2023

HARRISBURG – Twelve fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in Wyoming County were awarded nearly $142,000 in funding support through the 2022-23 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Wyoming) announced today. Statewide, 2,336 applicants shared in more than $31 million.

“These state funds are available every year to help ease the financial burden for fire and EMS companies across the Commonwealth, and I am pleased to see that Wyoming County departments continue to take advantage of the program,” said Pickett. “The life-saving services they provide to our local communities is never taken for granted and we appreciate their dedication.” 

Following is a list of local organizations that received grants and the amount of the awards:
Factoryville Fire Company (fire) – $13,580.
Factoryville Fire Company (EMS) – $8,000.
FWM Emergency Squad Inc. – $10,000
Lake Carey Volunteer Fire Company – $13,580.
Lake Winola Fire Company 1 (fire) – $15,000.
Lake Winola Fire Company 1 (EMS) – $10,000.
Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company (fire) – $15,000.
Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company (EMS) – $10,000.
Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company – $13,826.
Noxen Community Ambulance Association – $10,000.
Noxen Volunteer Fire Company – $12,598.
Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association - $10,000. 

Projects and programs eligible for funding include facility upgrades, equipment purchases, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for savings accounts for the purpose of new facility construction. 

The ongoing funding program was created by the General Assembly. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue. 

The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with the application process handled through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). The funding amounts are contingent on the recipients filing their grant agreements with OSFC.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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