COCHRANVILLE, PA — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of an audit report for the Cochranville Fire Company Relief Association in Cochranville, Chester County.
Based on their procedures, auditors concluded that, for the period of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019, the Cochranville Fire Company Relief Association took appropriate corrective action to address finding contained in their prior audit report.
Additionally, the Cochranville Fire Company Relief Association, in all significant respects, 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.
“My oversight of relief associations helps to make sure volunteer firefighters have the resources they need to protect our citizens and communities,” DePasquale said. “State aid must be 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. In 2019, 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 Cochranville Fire Company Relief Association is affiliated with the Cochranville Fire Company. The volunteer firefighters’ relief association and the associated fire service organization are separate, legal entities.
The Department of the Auditor General distributes the state aid and audits VFRAs. The full audit report for the Cochranville Fire Company Relief Association and other VFRAs with findings are available online at www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.
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