McClinton announces more than $23,000 to strengthen fire and EMS services in Darby

Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that more than $23,000 in state grants are going to help Darby Fire Co. No. 1 continue providing life-saving services. 

The funding is part of the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program and will be invested as follows: 

  • $15,000 for fire services. 
  • $8,325 for emergency medical services. 

“Day in and day out, our first responders answer our calls for help and put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of our community,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “We must continue working to secure these kinds of dollars to provide them with the support and resources they need to help protect themselves and the people they serve.”

McClinton added the grants, which are administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner, can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, and revenue loss due to COVID-19.

All fire companies, emergency medical services, and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.

A full list of fire and EMS companies awarded grants this year statewide is available on the Office of State Fire Commissioner’s website.

The announcement comes days after McClinton voted with her colleagues in the Pennsylvania House to pass S.B. 739 and release $25 million in funds to help EMS and ambulance rescue crews. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the measure into law, releasing funds available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.