Kortz: $403K in grants awarded to area volunteer fire, EMS companies

DRAVOSBURG, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Bill Kortz has announced $403,726 in grants have been awarded to volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies in his district.

Kortz, D-Allegheny, said the one-time crisis grant program was created to assist volunteer fire and EMS companies who have been financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The dedicated men and women who serve our communities and continue to answer the call have faced serious financial challenges since they’ve been unable to conduct fundraising activities since the pandemic hit,” said Kortz. “I know these grants will be extremely helpful to each of these companies and continue to help those in need.”

The grants awarded are as follows: 

Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (EMS): $23,973.
Baldwin Independent Fire Co.: $24,520.
Broughton Volunteer Fire Department: $24,794.
Citizens Hose Co. #1: $25,342.
Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Co. #1: $24,657.
Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co.: $23,151.
Homeville Volunteer Fire Department #1: $23,973.
Library Volunteer Fire Co.: $24,247.
McKeesport Ambulance Authority (EMS): $15,048.
Option Independent Fire Co.: $23,973.
Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Co.: $25,068.
Skyview Volunteer Fire Co. West Mifflin #4: $23,836.
South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Co.: $22,094.
Vigilant Hose Co. #1: $24,931.
Volunteer Fireman’s Association of Liberty Borough: $23,562.
West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Co. #3: $25,205.
Whitehall Fire Co.: $25,342.

The funding may be used for operational expenses, including apparatus repair, fuel, personal protective equipment, utilities, insurance and lost revenue related to pandemic restrictions. The grants may also be used for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting equipment and property or other expenses needed to prevent spread of the 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 is available here.