Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) will be awarding $50 million worth of grant funding to fire, rescue, and EMS across the commonwealth to offset expenses related to COVID-19.
A chunk of that grant money will go to fire, rescue and EMS in Warren County: The list includes: City of Warren Fire Dept., $25,205; Clarendon Fire Department, $11,094; Garland Volunteer Fire Company, $22,603; Glade Township VFD, $11,094; Lander Volunteer Fire Department, $22,603; North Warren Volunteer Fire Dept, $23,699; Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, $22,877; Scandia Volunteer Fire Department, $23,014; Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department, $22,740; Spring Creek Twp Vol Fire Dept., $22,877; Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department, $22,603; Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, $ 22,603; Tidioute Area Volunteer Fire Department, $22,603; Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department, $23,151; Youngsville Volunteer Fire Dept, $22,603; City of Warren Fire Dept. EMS, $15,048; Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department EMS YES $15,048; Russell Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $15,048; Scandia Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $15,048; Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $12,567; Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $15,048; Tidioute Area Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $15,048; Youngsville Volunteer Fire Dept. EMS YES $15,048.
“Our fire, rescue and EMS are the first responders often on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “All these professionals – some working as volunteers – give selflessly to support neighbors and communities. These CARES Act grants can assist in supporting them and their ongoing efforts to keep their neighbors and communities protected and safe.”
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office has remained open to provide the necessary resources that our fire service and EMS personnel need to fulfill a critical public safety role throughout the Commonwealth,” said Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “Departments have been exceptionally patient during this process, as our office has worked through changing federal guidance dictating how these dollars can be spent.”
The purpose of this funding is to provide some much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19. Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies.
As stated in Act 26, the money must be used for operational and equipment expenses. Eligible expenses include:
- Operational Expenses – such as but not limited to:
- Apparatus Repairs/Fuel
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Lost Revenues due to Pandemic Restrictions
- Expenses for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of equipment and property or other expenses incurred to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.
Program funds must be utilized for eligible expenses initiated on or after March 6, 2020 and completed on or before December 30, 2020 to be considered as eligible for this grant program.
Grant recipients should expect to receive further communication from OSFC in the coming weeks. A full list of fire companies receiving grant awards, along with the recently updated federal guidance, can be reviewed online by visiting OSFC’s website.