More Than $400,000 in State Grants Distributed to Local First Responders



Photos by Rick Hiduk

Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department (top) and the Towanda Fire Department were awarded $11,514 and $13,176, respectively, through a recent round of state grants.

More than $400,000 in state funding was awarded to first responders in Bradford, Sullivan, and Susquehanna Counties this week, according to Rep. Tina Pickett. The Pennsylvania Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grants come from revenue produced by slot gaming in Pennsylvania.

Our fire and EMS personnel are some of our hardest-working volunteers,” Pickett stated. “Not only do they respond to fires, car crashes and other emergencies at a moment’s notice, they spend an ever-increasing amount of time raising funds in order to keep their companies operational and their communities safe. I applaud all of these organizations for applying for this funding.”

The grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The funds are earmarked to first responder organizations for the purpose of construction or renovation of primary structures; repair or replacement of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment; training; or debt reduction.

Grants totaling $259,687 were allocated to companies in Bradford County, with $143,864 going to Sullivan County, and $32,134 headed to western Susquehanna County.

Following is a breakdown by county of allocations in Pickett’s 110th Congressional District:

Bradford County:

  • Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company — $12,068.60
  • Diahoga Hose Company No. 6 — $11,791.59
  • Engine Company No. 1 — $11,514.58
  • Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department — $11,514.58
  • Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc. — $12,622.62 for fire and $7,444.80 for EMS.
  • Herrick Township Volunteer Fire Company — $4,000
  • Howard Elmer Hose Company No. 4 — $11,791.59
  • J.E. Wheelock Hose Company No. 5 — $11,791.59
  • Litchfield Township Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • Monroe Hose Company — $11,514.58
  • New Albany Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteers Inc. — $13,176.65
  • Protection Hose Company No. 1 — $12,345.61
  • South Waverly Fire Department — $11,514.58
  • Towanda Fire Department — $13,176.65
  • Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Association — $12,068.60
  • Vigilante Engine Company No. 1 — $11,514.58
  • Wilmot Fire Company Inc. — $12,899.64
  • Windham Township Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department — $11,514.58
  • Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Inc. — $7,424.71
  • Wysox Volunteer Fire Company — $13,453.66

Sullivan County:

  • Dushore Fire Company No. 1 — $12,345.61 for fire and $7,444.80 for EMS
  • Eagles Mere Volunteer Fire Company Inc. — $12,899.64
  • Eagles Mere Volunteer Fire Co. Ambulance Association — $7,444.80
  • Eldredsville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. — $11,514.58 for fire and $7,444.80 for EMS
  • Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • Forksville Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire Company — $3,024 for fire and $1,939.20 for EMS
  • Laporte Borough Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58 for fire and $7,444.80 for EMS
  • Mildred Ambulance Association — $7,444.80
  • Mildred Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58
  • Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514.58 for fire and $7,444.80 for EMS

Susquehanna County:

  • Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company — $11,514 for fire and $7,444 for EMS
  • Springville Volunteer Fire Company — $13,176.65



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