Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Grant Applications Available Soon, Says Hess
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) is encouraging volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania to submit an application for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP).

“In our Commonwealth, most fire and ambulance departments are operated by volunteers,” said Hess. “This financial assistance aids in helping them maintain state-of-the-art equipment and provide training programs.”

The application period opens Sept. 5 and closes Oct. 20.

The General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).
“I encourage volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance service providers throughout the 78th District to apply for this grant,” said Hess.

Last year, area fire and ambulance organizations received more than $130,000 in funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit www.DickHess.com, and click on “Fire and Ambulance

State Representative Dick Hess
78th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Raymond Smith
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