Auditor General Releases Audit with Findings for the Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 Relief Association

HARRISBURG, PA — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of the audit report for Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 Relief Association in Avondale, Pennsylvania.

Auditors concluded, for the period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018 that the relief association:

  • Complied with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures as they relate to the receipt of state aid and the expenditure of relief association funds, except for two findings:
    • unauthorized expenditures and
    • noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for undocumented expenditures.
  • As a result of the audit, the affiliated fire company reimbursed the VFRA for eight credit card payments which totaled $1,014. Also, as a result of the audit, the affiliated fire company reimbursed the VFRA $2,982 for unauthorized expenses, including $2,982 for repairing a fire company vehicle and $650 to train career (paid) personnel.

“My oversight of volunteer firefighters’ relief associations helps emergency-services volunteers protect our citizens and communities,” DePasquale said. “I want to make sure the funding is used efficiently and effectively to help purchase life-saving equipment, training and insurance for thousands of first-responders.”

State aid for VFRAs comes from a 2 percent tax on fire insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania by out-of-state companies. This year, 2,518 municipalities received nearly $60 million for distribution to VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

The relief association is affiliated with the Avondale Fire Company EMS Division and Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 in Avondale, Pennsylvania.  The volunteer firefighters’ relief association and the associated fire service organizations are separate, legal entities.

The Department of the Auditor General distributes the state aid and audits VFRAs. The full audit report for Avondale Fire Co. No. 1 Relief Association and other VFRAs with findings are available online at www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.

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