$165,000 in fire, EMS grant funding welcomed by Probst

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – More than $165,000 was awarded to local organizations through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, announced state Rep. Tarah Probst.

“As former mayor of Stroudsburg, I know the important roles that emergency responders play in our communities. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for the services they provide during our time of need. These grants will enable them to buy needed equipment, acquire necessary training and improve their facilities,” said Probst, D-Monroe/Pike.

Local recipients in the 189th Legislative District include:

  • Acme Hose Co. No. 1: $14,228.
  • Bushkill Emergency Corps: $10,000.
  • Bushkill Volunteer Fire Co.: $16,368.
  • Chemical Co. No. 1: $14,812.
  • Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp.: $15,000.
  • Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Co.: $13,061.
  • Delaware Water Gap Chemical & Hose Co. No. 1: $13,645.
  • Lehman Pike Emergency Medical Services: $15,000.
  • Marshalls Creek Fire Co. EMS and fire: $24,423.
  • Phoenix Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 2: $15,201.
  • Shawnee Fire Co.: $13,645.

The money, which is distributed by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies are permitted to apply for construction savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction.

Probst said she was glad to hear Gov. Josh Shapiro propose an increase in the grant funding, during his recent state budget address.