Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Grant Applications Now Available, Says Barrar
9/3/2011

HARRISBURG – Along with Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, invites volunteer fire companies and ambulance services to submit an application for the 2011 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP).

The annual program was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007 and is funded through state gaming proceeds.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.  The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services.  A total of $25 million will be awarded through the program.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).
The online application period begins Sept. 6, and will remain open until Oct. 21.

Barrar has introduced legislation to reauthorize the grant program before it expires on Dec. 31, and has authored a proposal to increase the total amount of funding available through the program to $40 million.

“In previous years, organizations were able to collect close to the $15,000 maximum grant award, but as more organizations apply, the average award is decreasing,” said Barrar.  “Volunteer first responders save billions of dollars for our state and local communities, and this program is our way of giving back to these groups that do so much for us.”

Barrar noted that the funding for the program does not come from the state’s General Fund, but is distributed from the State Gaming Fund. 

For more information, visit Barrar’s website at SteveBarrar.com and click on the “Fire and EMS Company Grants” icon.  Barrar also posts legislative information at Facebook.com/RepBarrar.

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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