Senator Scott Hutchinson is urging local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS) squads to apply for grants from the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through October 24.
All fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads are eligible for grant funding. The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.
“Our volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel share a true dedication to their calling,” said Senator Hutchinson. “This grant program is intended to help our volunteer emergency responders purchase new equipment and upgrade their skills.”
The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program as a result of Act 78 of 2012, which reauthorized the grant program for an additional four years and increased the total grant funding available. The law also added approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grants, which are funded through state gaming proceeds.