HARRISBURG, February 6, 2023 – State Sen. Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks) announced that thirty-six fire and EMS providers that serve SD44 received over $546,000 in state funding through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP). The local funding was part of an investment of more than $31 million in 2,336 applicants across the Commonwealth that was announced by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner on Friday.

“This funding is so important to our local first responders and our overall public safety. Many of these organizations are underfunded and understaffed so every little bit of state support is so critical to their operations and their ability to respond to any emergencies across our region,” Muth said.

Senator Muth serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Here is a list of all of the organizations that received funding across Senate District 44:

Fire Company Grant Recipients

Berks County

  • Birdsboro-Union Fire Department, $15,000
  • Gibraltar Fire Company, $13,826

Chester County

  • Alert Fire Company No. 1, $15,000
  • East Brandywine Fire Company, $15,000
  • East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Association, $15,000
  • Friendship Diving Rescue Unit, $13,335
  • Glen Moore Fire Company No. 1, $15,000
  • Keystone Valley Fire Department, $62,773
  • Kimberton Fire Company, $15,000
  • Lionville Fire Co., $15,000
  • Ludwigs Corner Fire Company No. 1, $15,000
  • Minquas Fire Company No. 2, $15,000
  • Norco Fire Co., $13,089
  • Phoenix Hose Hook & Ladder No. 1, $15,000
  • Ridge Fire Company, $15,000
  • Thorndale Fire Co., $15,000
  • Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000

Montgomery County

  • Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000
  • Collegeville Fire Company No. 1, $15,000
  • Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1, $15,000
  • Lower Providence Township Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000
  • Royersford Fire Department, $15,000
  • Upper Providence Township Department of Fire & Emergency, $13,089

EMS Grant Recipients

Chester County

  • East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Association, $10,000
  • Elverson Honey Brook Area EMS, $20,000
  • Keystone Valley Fire Department, $30,000
  • Malvern Fire Company, $10,000
  • Minquas Fire Company No. 2, $10,000
  • Uwchlan Ambulance Corp., $10,000
  • Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company, $10,000
  • Westwood Fire Co., $10,000
  • Westwood Fire Company Ambulance – Wagontown Division, $10,000

Montgomery County

  • Friendship HLH&A, $10,000
  • Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1, $10,000
  • Lower Providence Community Center, $10,000
  • Trappe Fire Company No. 1, $10,000

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP) is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022-23 FCEMSGP include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts.  Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for constructions savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction. All fire companies, emergency medical service, and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.

A complete list of grant awardees, as well as additional program eligibility requirements and important dates and information associated with future FCEMSGP funding rounds may be found online at www.osfc.pa.gov