Longietti announces $317,501 in fire, rescue grants

HERMITAGE, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that 13 fire companies and one ambulance service in his district will receive grant funding totaling $317,501 for operational expenses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19. 

Longietti said the grant funding from the Office of State Fire Commissioner is being awarded to help allay expenses created by the pandemic.

"Rescue operations impose a substantial cost burden on fire and EMS companies even under regular circumstances, when there is no public health crisis,” Longietti said. “Since the start of the pandemic, however, fire and EMS operations have been complicated by new risk situations demanding additional resources, including special protective and sanitization equipment.

“At the same time, fundraising activities have been short-circuited by limits on gatherings and events. The funding announced today will help our dedicated rescue workers meet these financial challenges and remain safe on the front lines.”

Longietti said the following fire companies will receive grants in these amounts:

Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $23,562
Farrell Fire Department Inc.
– $24,247

Greenville Fire Department
– $24,520

Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
– $25,342
McGonigle Ambulance Service, Inc. - $5,856

Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department
– $23,425
Sharon Fire Department – $25,342
Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $24,384
Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $23,288
South Pymatuning Volunteer Fire Department – $22,877
Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $24,657
West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $24,110
West Salem Fire Department – $23,151
Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $22,740 

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