Longietti announces nearly $163,000 in fire, EMS grants

HERMITAGE, June 29 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced that 13 fire and EMS companies in the 7th Legislative District were awarded $162,652 in state grants.

“Over the past year, our first responders remained on the front lines, standing between our community and danger, despite a litany of new risks and challenges,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding will help them with essential needs such as training, building repairs and restoring unanticipated expenses created by the pandemic.”

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

  • Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,767.
  • Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $11,876.
  • Greenville Fire Department – $13,302.
  • Greenville Fire Department (EMS) – $8,993.
  • Greenville Volunteer Fire Company – $11,698.
  • Sharon Fire Department – $15,000.
  • Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,837.
  • Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,411.
  • South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,698.
  • Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,837.
  • West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,302.
  • West Salem Fire Department – $12,233.
  • Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,698.

The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

The grants can be used for facility construction and renovation, purchase or repair of equipment, fuel purchases, member training and certification, public education, recruitment and retention, debt reduction, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are training, and supplementing pandemic-related expenses.

Additional information, including a link to the full list of awardees, is available here.