Burns announces $214,000 in fire, EMS grants for the 72nd District

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced that 18 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $214,000 in state funding.

The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded recently. In all, 2,507 grants were awarded statewide, totaling $30 million. The grants are funded from gaming revenue.

"Donations are a big funding source for most of these companies, so this state funding is an added bonus," Burns said. "People rely on these companies and the volunteers when seconds count and this money will help them continue to provide these valuable services."

Grant recipients and amounts awarded are as follows:

Carrolltown Fire Co. -- $12,069

Cresson Area Ambulance Service Inc. -- $14,885

Dauntless Fire Co. -- $14,285

East Taylor Volunteer Fire Co. --$14,008

Ebensburg Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445

Gallitzin Fire Company No. 1 -- $14,008

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285 for the fire company; $7,445 for EMS

John Carroll Area Ambulance Service -- $7,445

Loretto Fire Co. -- $12,623

Lower Yoder Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $11,515

Middle Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285

Patton Area Ambulance Association, Inc. -- $7,445

Patton Fire Co. No. 1 -- $14,285

Portage Area Ambulance Assoc. -- $7,445

Portage Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285

Reade Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,515

Revloc Volunteer Fire Co. --$14,285

Summerhill Township Volunteer Fire Co. -- $14,285

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.