State Grants Awarded to 13 Area Fire and Ambulance Companies, Says Simmons
COOPERSBURG – Thirteen fire and ambulance organizations in the 131st Legislative District have been awarded more than $165,000 in funding through the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) announced today.

“Volunteer emergency responders perform a vital service for their communities,” said Simmons. “I am pleased the state is able to provide this additional financial support, which will help our local fire and ambulance companies stay in operation.”

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. All grants are generated from slot machine gaming proceeds, and not general fund tax revenue.

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Lehigh County

• Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Upper Milford – $11,739.29.
• Coopersburg Fire Company No. 1 – $13,561.96.
• Eastern Salisbury Fire Ambulance and Rescue Company – $13,789.79.
• Emmaus Borough Ambulance Corps. – $6,481.70.
• Emmaus Fire Department – $13,789.79.
• Lower Milford Township Fire Company 1 – $13,789.79.
• Upper Milford Western District Fire Company – $11,967.12.
• Upper Saucon Township Volunteer Fire Company 1 – $13,789.79.

Montgomery County

• East Greenville Fire Company No. 1 – $13,789.79.
• Pennsburg Fire Company No. 1 – $13,561.96.
• Red Hill Fire Company – $13,492.
• Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association – $7,201.70.

Northampton County

• Se-Wy-Co Fire Company – $25,289.79.

A total of $30 million in funding was awarded to 2,538 fire and ambulance organizations statewide.

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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