Feb. 13, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Butler/Lawrence) today announced that 24 fire and emergency medical services (EMS) companies in the 8th Legislative District will collectively receive approximately $350,085 in state grants through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program.

The grants were announced by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The ongoing funding program was created by the General Assembly.

“In times of crisis and emergencies, firefighters and emergency medical professionals are among the first to step into action,” said Bernstine. “These first responders not only possess the skills necessary to excel in their roles but also carry an unyielding commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of others.”

The following is a list of local fire and EMS companies in the 8th District and the amount of their grants:

Butler County

• Butler Ambulance Service Company (EMS) - $15,000.
• Connoquenessing Volunteer Fire Company - $16,563.
• Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Service (EMS) - $15,000.
• Harmony Emergency Medical Services - $10,000.
• Harmony Fire District - $29,952.
• Middlesex Township Volunteer Fire Company - $13,645.
• Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department - $14,229.
• Pennsylvania Medical Transport, Inc. (EMS) - $15,000.
• Portersville Muddy Creek Volunteer EMS - $10,000.
• Portersville Muddy Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department - $14,034.
• Prospect Volunteer Fire Department - $14,034.
• Quality Emergency Medical Service Inc. (EMS) - $15,000.
• Unionville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. - $16,174.
• West Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department - $15,007.


• Borough of Ellwood City Fire Department - $14,034.
• Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department - $14,034.
• Enon Valley Community Volunteer Fire Department - $13,451.
• New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department - $13,451.
• Scott Township Volunteer Fire Department - $14,423.
• Slippery Rock Township Volunteer Fire Department - $13,256.
• Volant Volunteer Fire Company - $13,445.
• Wampum Volunteer Fire Department - $13,451.
• Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department - $13,062.
• Wurtemburg Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department - $14,229.

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.

All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OFSC by July 1 to receive their grants.

All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Representative Aaron Bernstine
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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