More Than $180,000 Awarded to Local Fire Companies and EMS Providers, Says Hess
1/16/2009
Citing the dedication and sacrifice of volunteer first responders, Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) today announced that more than $180,000 has been awarded to 23 volunteer fire departments and emergency medical service (EMS) providers throughout the 78th Legislative District.
 
“With each sector of society suffering through hard economic times, ensuring local fire companies and emergency services personnel are able to execute their jobs remains an important priority,” Hess said. “These men and women volunteer countless hours in saving our lives and protecting our properties and I am proud of the fine job that each of them do.”       
 
The grant program was approved by the General Assembly and signed into state law in 2000. The funds were awarded through the Pennsylvania Office of the Fire Commissioner, which is part of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).         
 
Hess noted that grant recipients can use the funds to purchase new equipment including personal protection gear, or it can be used to make repairs to existing apparatus. 
 
Bedford County fire companies and EMS providers receiving grants include: 
  • Alum Bank Community Fire Company, $10,433.84.
  • Bedford Area Ambulance Services, $4,916.86.
  • Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, $11,129.76.
  • Breezewood Volunteer Fire Company No. 40, $10,807.27.
  • Chestnut Ridge Ambulance Association, $4,916.86.
  • Everett Volunteer Fire Company, $10,620.81.
  • Raystown Ambulance Service, $4,916.86.
  • Saxton Volunteer Fire Company, $11,367.68. It also received $4,916.86 for its EMS unit.
  • Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service Inc., $4,916.86.
  • Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, $9,500.
  • Six Mile Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, $11,337.11. Its EMS unit also received $4,916.86.
  • Southern Cove EMS Inc., $4,916.86.
  • Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company, $10,060.40. 
Fulton County fire companies and EMS providers receiving grants include: 
  • Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Company, $9,500. It also received $4,916.86 for its EMS unit.
  • McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $11,181.22. It also received $4,916.86 for its EMS operations.
  • Needmore Volunteer Fire Company, $9,686.46. It also received $4,916.86 for its EMS unit. 
Huntingdon County fire companies and EMS providers receiving grants include: 
  • Robertsdale Wood and Broad Top Volunteer Fire Company, $10,620.81. It also received $4,916.86 for its EMS unit. 
Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 623-9097
(717) 787-7076
Contact: Tim Eller
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 260-6242
Member site: DickHess.com