Toepel Says Limited Days Remain to Apply for Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service Grants
10/9/2012
HARRISBURG – As the application deadline quickly approaches to apply for Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service Grants, Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is encouraging volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania that have not already done so to apply for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.

“Because firefighters safeguard the lives and property of our local communities, these grants are a great way to support their firehouse renovations and equipment upgrades,” said Toepel. 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 General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System. The application period closes on Oct. 19.

Last year, more than 75 Montgomery County fire and ambulance organizations received millions of dollars of funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit Toepel’s website at www.RepToepel.com and click on “Fire and Ambulance Grants.”

State Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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