– As fire, rescue and EMS companies across the Commonwealth continue to perform life-saving services while doing what they can to remain operational, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) was happy to announce today that first responder companies in the 120th Legislative District received $403,111 in state grants provided by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner which will go towards reversing the negative impact they sustained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our communities depend a lot on our first responders as they are always the first ones on the scene to offer life-saving services and a sense of comfort to those they are assisting,” said Kaufer. “Like most of us, this pandemic has really hit our first responder companies hard, as it severely limited their ability to raise money for their facilities as fundraisers are one of their main sources of money. It is relief to know that our area first responders are receiving these funds, as it will allow these companies to continue to recover, rebuild, and keep their doors open to help those in need.”
The grant breakdown for each company is as follows:
Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS Inc., $36,431.
Columbian Volunteer Fire Department, $25,342.
Courtdale Volunteer Hose Company, $22,740.
Exeter Hose Company No.1, $22,877.
Harding Fire Company, $24,247.
Hose Company No. 2 of West Wyoming Borough, $22,740.
Kingston Fire Department, $24,657.
Maltby Volunteer Fire Company, $22,603.
Mt. Zion Bicentennial Volunteer Fire Company, $23,699.
Shavertown Fire Department, $24,247.
Swoyersville Hose Company, $23,151.
Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, $11,094.
Volunteer Fire Department of Luzerne, $22,603.
West Wyoming Hose Company No.1, $34,788.
Wyoming Hose Company No.1, $22,603.
Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, Inc., $24,238.
Kingston Firemen’s Community Ambulance Association, $15,048.
The purpose of this grant is to provide some much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19. As stated in Act 26
, the money must be used for operational and equipment expenses, or to replace lost revenue due to pandemic restrictions.
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For more information about this outreach, or any other state-related issue, contact Kaufer’s district office in Luzerne, located at 161 Main St
., by calling 570-283-1001. Information can also be found online at RepKaufer.com
Representative Aaron Kaufer
120th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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