Jan. 17, 2020

BRADFORD – Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $420,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“As our emergency response organizations continue to struggle financially, these grants are sure to be put to good use,” Causer said. “As always, I am grateful for the men and women who work so hard to protect our communities and am pleased we can continue to support them with this valuable funding.”

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided approximately $6.2 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

All fire and rescue departments must be actively reporting to PennFIRS to be eligible to receive this grant. If this requirement is not met they will not receive their 2019-20 grant funds. In order to be compliant, the organization must report all incidents using PennFIRS, from Jan. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020. This information must be entered into PennFIRS and reported to OSFC by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County
  •   Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $9,192.44.
  •   Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,509.46.
  •   Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,509.46.

McKean County
  •   Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $14,248.03 for fire company operations.
  •   Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,248.03.
  •   Clermont Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,509.46.
  •   Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $11,920.24.
  •   Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $12,057.17.
  •   Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,646.38.
  •   Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,646.38.
  •   Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,646.38.
  •   Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,646.38.
  •   Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,509.46.
  •   Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $9,192.44.
  •   Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,646.38.
  •   Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department, Crosby – $11,509.46.
  •   Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $8,852.41 for EMS operations; $11,509.46 for fire company operations.
  •   Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $13,837.24.
  •   Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $9,192.44.
  •   Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $11,783.31.
  •   Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $11,920.24.

Potter County
  •   Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $12,878.74 for fire department operations.
  •   Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $12,878.74 for fire department operations.
  •   Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $9,192.44.
  •   Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,563.39.
  •   Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $9,192.44.
  •   Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $8,611.63 for EMS operations; $11,646.38 for fire company operations.
  •   Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,509.46.
  •   Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $12,741.81.
  •   Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $3,996.41.
  •   Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,509.46.
  •   Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $9,192.44 for EMS operations; $11,783.31 for fire company operations.
  •   Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $11,920.24.
  •   Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $12,331.03.

Representative Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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