Sainato announces $105,000 in fire grants

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that six fire companies in the 9th Legislative District have been awarded $105,000 in grants for training, equipment and other critical resources. 

“These grants will supply some needed resources for our local fire companies that have been operating under tight budgets and severe staff shortages,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “The funding won’t solve the long-term recruitment and retention problems plaguing fire and EMS companies throughout the state. Those challenges, which have been compounded lately by fundraising problems, will require longer-term solutions and incentives.

“But for now, we can at least replenish resources and address immediate needs like equipment, training and certification, building repairs, and other expenses.”

Sainato said the following funding was awarded to these companies:

  • Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $15,000.
  • Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $15,000.
  • Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $15,000.
  • North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $15,000.
  • Shenango Area Fire District – $30,000.
  • Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $15,000.

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

Eligible projects include construction or renovation of facilities; purchase or repair of equipment; fuel purchase; member training and certification; public safety education; recruitment and retention, debt reduction; overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are training; and supplementation of operating expenses incurred by a lack of fundraising and pandemic-related measures.

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