Freeman congratulates fire, EMS groups for receiving $135,000 in grants

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – Nine local fire and EMS organizations were awarded grants totaling $135,408, announced state Rep. Robert Freeman.

“It is important that our emergency responders have up-to-date training, facilities and equipment, so that they can respond in a timely manner to keep residents safe,” said Freeman, D-Northampton. “I was proud to vote for the expansion and extension of this grant program in 2020 and I was glad to hear Gov. Josh Shapiro call for an increase in funding for it during his budget address last week.”

The funds are from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner. Local recipients include:

  • City of Easton Fire Department: $16,951.
  • Dewey Fire Co. No. 1: $16,562.
  • Easton Emergency Squad: $10,000.
  • Freemansburg Fire Co. No. 1: $14,617.
  • Palmer Municipal Fire Department: $16,951.
  • Suburban EMS Inc.: $14,725.
  • West Easton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1: $13,839.
  • Williams Township Fire Co. No. 1: $14,812.
  • Wilson Borough Fire Department: $16,951.

The money can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies are permitted to apply for construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

The full list of awards throughout the state is available here