DiSanto: New Financial Aid Available to Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies

Harrisburg – Fire, rescue and EMS companies hampered by lack of fundraising opportunities during the COVID-19 emergency can register now for grants to help cover expenses, Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) announced today.   

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner is offering funding via the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, created by legislation co-sponsored by DiSanto earlier this year.   

“For our local fire, rescue and EMS companies, fundraisers are critical to bringing in revenue. However, those are also many of the activities severely curtailed by the response to COVID-19,” DiSanto said. “These first responders, especially the volunteer companies, need this help to pay the bills, and I am thankful that we were able to pass this legislation and get the grant program up and running in a timely manner.”

The grant funding will be calculated in the following manner: 

  • Fire/Rescue/EMS Companies that received a grant award from the 2019-2020 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP) and register for the COVID-19 Crisis grant program will receive an initial award equal to the amount they received from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP. 
  • The surplus funding in the program will be distributed to each eligible company that meets the funding criteria and submits a completed registration, including those that did not receive a 2019-2020 FCEMSGP grant award.

More information and registration instructions can be found here. Registration will be open until August 7.

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman cerdman@pasen.gov (717) 787-6801