WEST CHESTER (February 7) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that 57 fire and ambulance companies in Chester County will receive more than $745,000 in total state grant funding through the Pennsylvania Fire Company/Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program.

“Public safety is the first responsibility of government,” said Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “In Chester County, we are fortunate to have some of the best and most well-trained fire and emergency services in the nation and these grants can go a long way in keeping them running strong.”

The grants come as part of more than $30 million in total funding awarded to fire and volunteer ambulance companies across the Commonwealth. Statewide, $26.4 million in funding was awarded to volunteer and career fire companies and $3.6 million was awarded to volunteer emergency medical services.

“Companies across the state started the application process several months ago,” said the State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay. “It’s important for applicants to take the next step in the process and access their grant agreement forms.”

“Once the grant agreements are returned and they are reviewed, the money is disbursed. The awards are processed in the order they are received,” said Solobay. “Detailed instructions are available online, and we are available to help anyone who needs assistance.”

The grant program was initiated in 2000 and is funded by gaming revenue. The program is open to all fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads in Pennsylvania. Grant awards can be used for construction or repair of facilities, purchase or repair of equipment, debt reduction and training.

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