Senator Yudichak Announces $1,844,365 in COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grants for Organizations in Luzerne County

Nanticoke, October 9, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner announced today that $1,844,365 in funding through the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant program will be issued to fire departments and emergency services associations in Luzerne County.

The purpose of the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant program grant is to provide much-needed financial assistance to first responders who have found it difficult to keep their operations running due to COVID-19.

“Our volunteer fire companies and emergency service organizations have continued to dutifully serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, often times going above and beyond their call of service for our residents,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “With fundraising efforts being severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, this state funding will allow these organizations to continue to run their day to day operations, which will help keep our communities safe.”

The program funds may be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the lack of opportunities for fundraising and the inability to create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department along with other fire and EMS agencies across the state have faced several challenges,” said Jay Delaney, Wilkes-Barre City Fire Chief. “One of these challenges is an increase in expenses for PPE, disinfecting and sanitizing equipment, and miscellaneous operating costs directly related to COVID-19. The funding made available through this grant will allow us to enhance our preparedness, mitigation, and response to COVID-19 emergencies.”

The full list of grant awardees can be found here:

https://www.osfc.pa.gov/GrantsandLoans/Documents/COVID19-Fire-Rescue-EMS-Awards.pdf

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)

Carly Simpson (csimpson@pasen.gov)