State Fire Commissioner Announces 2020 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program

State Fire Commissioner Announces 2020 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program

HARRISBURG, PA — State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced the application period for the 2020 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant will open today, June 1, 2020.

Fire companies, rescue companies and emergency medical services throughout the 40 counties in which unconventional gas wells are located, or counties that directly border those counties, are eligible to apply for the grants.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2020 UGWF Grant Program provided by the Act 13 of 2012, include development, delivery and sustainment of training, professional certification or the acquisition of specialized equipment for emergency responses relating to natural gas production from unconventional gas wells.

Eligible projects include:

  • Obtaining professional national certification of members.
  • Purchase of firefighting, emergency medical, rescue or air monitoring equipment used at or related to an unconventional gas well pad incident on, or related to, an unconventional gas well pad.  All equipment purchased through the Program will also include training on the equipment provided by the PSFA at no additional costs to the grant recipient(s).
  • Training classes and required educational materials to prepare for incidents at an unconventional gas well pad incident or related to the unconventional gas industry.
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The on-line application period begins Monday, June 1, 2020, and will remain open until Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. Detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply is available online at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website.

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