Kim applauds more than $152K in support for local fire and EMS companies

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin/Cumberland, announced today that fire departments and nonprofit EMS agencies serving the 103rd Legislative District received more than $152,000 in state grants from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.

“This support for fire departments and EMS is critical for companies accomplishing their missions,” Kim said. “I will continue to ensure this important grant program is renewed and expanded in our budget. Thank you to all of our heroes in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Your selflessness reflects highly on our communities.” 

Grants awarded include:

  • City of Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, $16,951.99.
  • Enola Fire Co. 3, $41,395.81.
  • Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services Inc. Fire $13,839.63.
  • Lower Allen Township DBA/Lower Allen Township EMS, $15,000.
  • Lower Allen Township Fire Department, $16,368.42.
  • Mount Pleasant Fire & Rescue Services Inc., $16,951.99.
  • Rescue Fire Co. No. 1, $16,368.42.
  • West Shore Bureau of Fire, $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 the 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. 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.