Barrar Hails Legislation to Benefit Commonwealth Firefighters
HARRISBURG – Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) thanks Gov. Tom Wolf for signing legislation he drafted that received unanimous support from the General Assembly to reauthorize the State Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program through June 30, 2020. The current program would have sunset on June 30.

“I appreciate the governor acknowledging the need of organizations that provide public safety and emergency services for all Commonwealth citizens with his quick signature,” Barrar said. “By endorsing the bill, he avoided a lapse in this vital program that serves and assists fire and ambulance organizations.”

House Bill 1877, now Act 60, not only reauthorizes the grant program, but it also adds career EMS companies as eligible recipients if they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

Through the State Fire and EMS Grant Program, fire and ambulance companies receive a boost for the purchase of turnout gear, apparatus and other items necessary to protect Pennsylvania’s citizens.

Also for the benefit of firefighters, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee supported House Bill 2148 with a bipartisan majority. The bill would amend the Heart and Lung Act to include Philadelphia emergency medical services personnel and state-employed firefighters.

House Bill 2148 is now awaiting a vote in the House.

To view footage of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee’s meeting, click here.

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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