WEST CHESTER (September 12, 2019) – Applications are now being accepted for the Pennsylvania Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Company Grant Program (FCEMSG), state Senator Andy Dinniman said.

The program makes annual grant funds available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads through the Commonwealth.

The application period is open through Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m.

“This program provides vital funds for fire and EMS companies across Pennsylvania,” Dinniman said. “It is important that we continue to support their work and the efforts of our emergency first responders who help keep our communities safe and answer the call when we need them the most.”

Eligible projects include the construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training and certification of members, and training materials for the education of the general public. For career fire departments, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions during training are covered.

To be eligible, organizations must report all incidents through the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System, from January 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. To maintain eligibility, organizations must continue to report their incidents on a monthly basis.

Eligible volunteer fire companies that also provide emergency medical services are eligible to apply for both a fire company grant and an emergency medical services grant.

Based on applicant and project criteria, staff reviews and approves or disapproves all applications, processes signed grant agreements, and authorizes dispersal of grant funds. Final grant reports are reviewed for compliance with project description and program guidelines.

In the 2018-2019 grant year, 57 fire and EMS companies in Chester County received more than $745,000 in total state grant funding. More than $30 million in total funding was awarded to fire and volunteer ambulance companies across the Commonwealth.

The 2019-2020 Program Guidelines are available at www.osfc.pa.gov. Fire companies and emergency medical services in Pennsylvania may apply for up to two of the six eligible categories.