Senator Yudichak Announces $558,147 in COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grants for 25 Organizations in Carbon County

Jim Thorpe, October 9, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner announced today that $558,147 in funding through the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue, and EMS Grant program will be issued to 25 fire departments and emergency services associations in Carbon 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.

“The restrictions put in place because of COVID-19 have made it really difficult for our volunteer fire departments to raise money,” said John McArdle, Fire Chief, Nesquehoning Hose Co. No. 1. “This funding will serve as a shot in the arm for us, especially with the winter months ahead and the costs of heating our facilities. This will really help us.”

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)