Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies

HARRISBURG, April 28 – A bill that includes immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies passed unanimously in the House, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced.

Snyder said her amendment, which originated from her bill introduced last month and included in House Bill 2413, would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund.

“Every single day – especially during this current time – our brave men and women across our state are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and assist people in need,” Snyder said. “Because of the pandemic, they’re not able to conduct their normal fundraising activities to stay active, and this grant program will help them continue to answer the call. I am extremely grateful for my colleagues’ support in making this happen.” 

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.