Ciresi applauds the nearly $155K in state support for district fire and EMS companies

ROYERSFORD, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that fire departments and nonprofit EMS agencies in the 146th district received $154,849 in state grants from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.

“This state support for our fire departments and EMS agencies is a necessary investment in our residents’ safety and well-being,” Ciresi said. “As the attractiveness of our communities and the quality of life of our residents depends on their having a strong safety infrastructure, I will be fighting to ensure this important grant program is renewed this year and will support the governor’s budget plan to double the program’s size.” 

Grants awarded in Ciresi’s district include:

  • Friendship HLH&A Inc. in Royersford - $15,000.
  • Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co No 1 in Pottstown - $31,951.99.
  • Limerick Fire Department in Limerick - $29,951.99.
  • North End Fire Company Num 1 of Pottstown - $15,000.
  • Philadelphia Steam Fire Engine Co 1 in Pottstown - $16,173.90.
  • Ringing Hill Fire Company in Lower Pottsgrove - $15,979.38.
  • Royersford Fire Department in Royersford - $15,590.33.
  • Sanatoga Fire Co in Lower Pottsgrove - $15,201.29.

The grant money can be applied to a combination of up to two projects in the following categories:

  • Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility.
  • Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment. 
  • Debt reduction associated with the facility or equipment.
  • Training and certification of members.
  • Educational materials regarding fire prevention for general public.
  • Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.
  • Recruitment and retention.
  • Construction Savings Account (Fire Companies Only).

Act 91 of 2020 reauthorized the program until June 30, 2024.  In his budget address, Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed doubling the size of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program to a total of $60 million.