Fire, EMS Grant Program Expansion Passes State House, Says Baker
HARRISBURG – Fire companies and emergency medical service units will benefit from legislation passed in the House this week extending and expanding the State Fire and EMS Grant Program, said Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
Senate Bill 866 would expand total funding for the program from $25 million to $30 million. The bill would extend the program for another four years, until 2016, and also open it up to include both volunteer and paid fire departments.
“Our fire and EMS companies are under considerable financial strain when it comes to purchasing and maintaining equipment, covering facility costs and paying for training,” said Baker. “This grant program helps these organizations meet their financial goals and continue to provide the community at large with vital services.”
Established in 2003, the grant money may be used for construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, to purchase or repair equipment, to provide training or to reduce existing debt.
“I am pleased at the swift passage this legislation has received and look forward to having it signed into law,” said Baker. “Fire and EMS services are at the core of every community and we need to do all we can to support these services and the people who selflessly give of their time and energy to volunteer with these organizations.”
The grant program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
State Representative Matt Baker
68th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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