Sainato announces nearly $109,000 in fire, EMS grants

NEW CASTLE, June 29 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that eight fire and EMS companies in his district have been awarded $108,974 in state grants for training, equipment and other operating costs. 

“Frontline workers faced new risks and huge obstacles fundraising because of the pandemic,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Securing this funding is going to help get critical resources into the hands of those who continue to protect us so vigilantly.”

Sainato said these fire and EMS companies will receive the following amounts:

  • Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,520.
  • Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $12,411.
  • Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $14,193.
  • North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $12,054.
  • Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,233.
  • Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. (EMS) – $8,993.
  • Shenango Township Vol. Fire Dept. – $25,159.
  • Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $12,411.

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.