Guzman welcomes state funding for local fire, EMS companies

READING, Feb. 16 – State Rep. Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, today announced $63,325 in state funding to improve services of fire and EMS agencies in the 127th Legislative District that he serves. 

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

“The safety and peace of mind of our community relies on local first responders. Funding these agencies is crucial and this is certainly one of my priorities,” Guzman said. “I will continue advocating to ensure that local fire companies and EMS providers are efficiently funded.”

The grants were awarded to:

  • Kenhorst Volunteer Fire Company No 1. - $14,423.

  • Keystone Fire Co No 1 of Shillington - $16,951.

  • City of Reading Dept of Fire and Rescue Services / Fire - $16,951.

  • City of Reading Dept of Fire and Rescue Services/ EMS - $15,000.

Act 91 of 2020 authorized the Fire Company and Medical Services Grant Program until June 30. Recently, Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed increasing the program’s funding to $60 million.