Davis announces upwards of $270K in emergency funding to 11 fire companies in Mon Valley

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced that 11 fire companies in his legislative district will be receiving $270,349 in emergency funding for operational expenses incurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Davis said the grants, awarded by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, will bring needed funding to help offset expenses related to the global pandemic.

“Fire companies rely on community events to fund their programs, but the COVID-19 pandemic obviously put a stop to this lifeline that keeps our first responders’ stations up and running,” Davis said.

“To make matters worse, first responders must now wear PPE and other equipment to safeguard themselves, rescue victims and their families from potential COVID-19 exposure. The funding received today will most definitely allow fire companies in the Mon Valley to be more at ease knowing funding is on its way,” Davis said.

The grantees include:

  • City of McKeesport Fire Department - $25,342.
  • Clairton Volunteer Fire Department - $23,094.
  • Coulter Volunteer Fire Co. - $23,014
  • Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department - $23,288.
  • Duquesne Annex Fire Co. - $23,151.
  • Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 - $34,377.
  • Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 - $24,384.
  • Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. - $23,699.
  • Versailles Volunteer Fire Co. - $22,740.
  • Whitaker Volunteer Fire Co. - $22,740.
  • White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. 1 - $24,520.

Davis 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.