Scavello: New Financial Aid Available to Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies

Harrisburg – Fire, rescue and EMS companies hampered by lack of fundraising opportunities during the COVID-19 emergency can register now for grants to help cover expenses, Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) announced today.  

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner is offering funding via the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, created by legislation co-sponsored by Scavello earlier this year.  

“Fundraising activities have been severely curtailed by the response to COVID-19, and that has had a huge impact on fire, rescue and EMS companies, which rely on them for vital revenue,” Scavello said. “Local first responders, especially the volunteer companies, need this assistance to help cover the substantial costs that come with providing these critical services to our communities.”

The grant funding will be calculated in the following manner: 

  • Fire/Rescue/EMS Companies that received a grant award from the 2019-2020 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP) and register for the COVID-19 Crisis grant program will receive an initial award equal to the amount they received from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP. 
  • The surplus funding in the program will be distributed to each eligible company that meets the funding criteria that submits a completed registration, including those that did not receive a 2019-2020 FCEMSGP grant award.

More information and registration instructions can be found here. Registration will be open until August 7.

CONTACT: Christine Zubeck czubeck@pasen.gov (717) 787-6123