Kosierowski: $183,000 in fire, EMS grant funding

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – Nine local fire and ambulance companies were awarded nearly $183,000 in grant funding, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski announced today.

“Many of our emergency service providers are volunteer organizations that have had trouble recruiting membership and fundraising, so this influx of dollars is important because it will enable them to buy needed equipment, provide training and build facilities,” said Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna.

Local recipients include:

  • Chinchilla Hose Co. of South Abington Township fire and EMS: $25,006.
  • Clarks Summit Fire Co. 1 Inc. fire and EMS: $24,423.
  • Dalton Fire Co.: $14,228.
  • Eagle Hose Co. No. 1: $14,377.
  • Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co. Benton Township: $13,839.
  • Greenfield Township Volunteer Fire Co. of Lackawanna County fire and EMS: $30,395.
  • Justus Volunteer Fire Co. fire and EMS: $29,034.
  • Scott Township Hose Co.: $14,423.
  • Scranton City Bureau of Fire: $16,951.

Projects eligible for funding include the construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or the reduction of existing debt.

Act 91 of 2020, which Kosierowski voted for, extended the Fire Company and Medical Services Grant Program until June 30, 2024. The program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

As part of his 2024-25 state budget, Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed increasing the program’s funding to $60 million.