Readshaw: Nearly $132,000 in COVID relief funding to area fire, EMS companies

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced that six fire and EMS companies in the 36th Legislative District will share $131,819 in state grants awarded to offset operational expenses related to COVID-19.

Readshaw said the grants – awarded by the Office of State Fire Commissioner – are necessary to help first responders continue operating as they face additional expenses and a loss of fundraising.

“Like other organizations that rely on fundraising, our district’s fire and EMS companies are feeling the pandemic’s harsh economic effects,” Readshaw said. “Mitigation efforts have placed most community events on hold, which has dried up an important source of revenue.

“At the same time, first responders are being called on to remain at the front lines and face new risks that demand additional resources. This grant funding from the fire commissioner should help address some of these extreme financial challenges and ensure that our frontline heroes have access to the resources they need.”

Readshaw said the awards are as follows:

  • Baldwin Emergency Medical Services Inc. $23,973.
  • Baldwin Independent Fire Co. No 1 $24,520.
  • Baldwin Emergency Medical Services Inc. $24,238.
  • Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company $20,752.
  • Brentwood Emergency Medical Services $15,048.
  • Mount Oliver Hook and Ladder Company $23,288.

Readshaw said the funding may be used for operational expenses such as apparatus repair, fuel, personal protective equipment, utilities, insurance and lost revenue related to pandemic restrictions. It may also be used for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting equipment and property or other expenses needed to prevent the spread of disease.

The funds must be used for expenses initiated on or after March 6 and completed on or before Dec. 30 to be eligible for the grant program.

Additional information about the grants is available here.