Feb. 11, 2022 / Press Release

HARRISBURG - Fifteen fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in the 71st Legislative District were awarded more than $250,000 in funding support through the 2021-22 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, according to state Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown).

“These awards are applied for, and I applaud our hard-working, dedicated emergency responders for achieving success in the grant process, which doesn’t always happen,” Rigby said. “Our fire and ambulance companies have really taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and were struggling even before that but never missed a beat.”

Following is a list of fire and EMS organizations in the 71st Legislative District that received grants and the amount of the awards:

• Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company Dunlo No. 1 - $15,000
• City of Johnstown Fire Department - $15,000
• Conemaugh Valley Regional Ambulance Association - $8,325.05
• Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Company - $15,000
• Dale Boro Fire Company - $15,000
• East Hills Ambulance Association - $8,325.05
• Forest Hills Area Ambulance Association - $8,325.05
• Franklin Borough Volunteer Fire Company - $15,000
• Oakland Volunteer Fire Company - $15,000
• Richland Township Volunteer Fire Association - $15,000
• Riverside Volunteer Fire Company - $14,069.55
• Scalp Level Paint Borough Volunteer Fire Department - $30,000
• Summerhill Borough Volunteer Fire Company - $14,855
• West End Ambulance Service - $8,325.05
• West Hills Regional Fire Department - $53,325.05

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training and education, recruitment and retention, or debt reduction. Funds may also be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of fundraising opportunities resulting from the pandemic.

The ongoing funding program was created by the General Assembly. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not General Fund tax revenue. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency with the application process handled through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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