Commonwealth Announces New Investments for Volunteer Fire Companies Fighting Wildfires Across Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Announces New Investments for Volunteer Fire Companies Fighting Wildfires Across Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA — In recognition of the service and sacrifice of volunteer firefighters throughout Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced $591,975 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.

“Weather can be friend or foe in our wildfire prevention and suppression efforts, but DCNR has no stronger ally — especially during these most difficult times of the pandemic — than the men and women of the volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “These funds will benefit 109 volunteer fire companies throughout the state.

“To appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters, one only has to look outside Pennsylvania to the horrific fires that sometimes plague other states.”

Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego praised volunteer fire companies’ service to communities close to home, as well as those members who often join Bureau of Forestry crews battling wildfires far beyond Pennsylvania’s borders.

“The dangers associated with wildfires continue to pose a growing threat to our state’s forests and rural communities,” Trego said. “Grant programs like these are vital tools for state government to ensure volunteer firefighters get the equipment and the training they need to perform their jobs as professionally and safely as possible.”

Both Trego and Dunn noted the readiness of volunteer fire companies is demonstrated every spring and summer when they answer assistance calls coming from other states, while also responding regularly to local woodland and brush fires. They noted the wildfire grants help enable smaller companies to concentrate more on public safety and training while easing their fiscal constraints.

In 2019, more than $617,800 was awarded to 133 volunteer fire companies. The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $14.5 million since it began in 1982.

Recently approved grants include:


Cashtown Community Fire Department, Cashtown, $2,091

Liberty Fire Company Number 1, East Berlin $7,632

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United Hook & Ladder Company 33, New Oxford, $10,000


Springdale Volunteer Fire Department, Springdale, $5,000


Gilpin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Leechburg, $5,270

Kiski Township Fire Department, Apollo, $10,000

Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company, Leechburg, $7,500

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, Adrian, $3,436

West Kittanning Fire Department, Kittanning, $2,823


Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Hyndman, $2,500

Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Schellsburg, $10,000


Berks Emergency Strike Team, Reading, $2,085

Brecknock Township Fire Company Number 1, Mohnton, $3,000

Mt. Pleasant Fire Company, Bernville, $4,500

Oley Fire Company, Oley, $1,028

Shoemakersville Fire Company Number 1, Shoemakersville, $5,300


Geeseytown Community Fire Company, Hollidaysburg, $1,839

Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company Number 1, Williamsburg, $5,000


Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Erwinna, $3,225


Ashville Volunteer Fire Company Number 1, Ashville, $1,550

Franklin Borough Volunteer Fire Company, Johnstown, $10,000

West Taylor Volunteer Fire Co, Johnstown, $2,800


Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, Albrightsville, $5,000

Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, Aquashicola ,$3,500

East Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company, Ashfield ,$10,000


Centre Hall Volunteer Fire Company, Centre Hall, $5,014

Hope Fire Number 2, Philipsburg $10,000

Millheim Fire Company Number 1, Millheim $4,000

Nittany Wildland Firefighters Inc., Bellefonte $8,941

Pine Glen Volunteer Fire Company, Karthaus $3,186


Avondale Fire Company, Avondale, $10,000


Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion, $1,047

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, Fryburg, $7,500


Moshannon Forest Fire Fighters Association, Clearfield, $3,150

Ramey Fire Engine Company Number 1, Ramey, $2,029

Winburne Volunteer Fire Company, Winburne, $5,000


Millville Community Fire Company, Millville, $10,000


Greenwood Voluntefer Fire & Rescue, Conneaut Lake, $9,684

Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, Spartansburg, $10,000


Londonderry Fire Company Number 1, Middletown, $1,573


Edgemont Township Fire Company Number 1, Gradyville, $4,092


Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Company Number 2, Belle Vernon, $2,070


Fannett Metal Fire & Ambulance Company, Dry Run, $2,056


Alexandria Volunteer Fire Company, Alexandria, $1,653

Trough Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Cassville, $10,000


Brush Valley Township Volunteer Fire Company, Brush Valley, $1,984

Cherryhill Township Volunteer Fire Company Inc , Penn Run, $7,961

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Creekside Volunteer Fire Company, Creekside, $10,000

Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Center, $689

Plumville District Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Plumville, $4,500

Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Saltsburg, $8,353


Brockway Volunteer Hose Company, Brockway, $3,300

Ringgold Area Volunteer Fire Company, Ringgold, $10,000


Fayette Fire Company Inc., McAllisterville, $3,914

Juniata Wildland Firefighters Inc., McAllisterville, $4,527


Excelsior Hose Company Number 1, Olyphant, $1,326

Eynon Sturges Volunteer Hose Company Number 3, Eynon, $3,413


Garden Spot Fire Rescue, New Holland, $7,929

West Willow Fire Company, West Willow, $1,696


Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Company, New Castle, $8,000

New Wilmington Volunteer Firemen’s Association, New Wilmington, $7,738

Wurtemburg Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, Ellwood City, $2,030


Mt. Zion Community Fire Company, Lebanon $3,000

South Lebanon Fire Company Number 1, Lebanon, $5,000


Lynnport Community Fire Company Number 1, New Tripoli, $6,352

Upper Milford Western District Fire Company, Old Zionsville, $5,855


Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Company Number 1, White Haven, $2,975

Hughestown Hose Company Number 1, Pittston, $7,500

Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Company Number 1 Inc., Shickshinny, $4,216

Pond Hill Lily Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Wapwallopen, $775


Waterville Volunteer Fire Company, Waterville, $8,300


Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane, $970

Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center, $5,000


Hempfield Township Volunteer Fire Department of Mercer County, Greenville, $10,000


Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company, Pocono Summit, $10,000


Bushkill Township Volunteer Firemen’s Relief Association, Nazareth, $10,000

Charotin Hose Company Number 1, Catasauqua, $10,000

Diamond Fire Company, Walnutport, $4,500

Lookout Fire Company Number 1 of Pen Argyl, Pen Argyle, $7,500

Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, Wind Gap, $10,000

Upper Nazareth Fire Department, Nazareth, $3,177


Liverpool Volunteer Fire Company, Liverpool, $7,000

Volunteer Fire Company Number 1 New Buffalo, New Buffalo $10,000


Milford Fire Department Inc., Milford, $5,500

Westfall Township Volunteer Fire Department, Matamoras, $7,840


Community Fire Company New Ringgold, New Ringgold, $10,000

Good Intent Hose Company Number 1, Llewellyn, $2,750

Liberty Fire Company, Schuylkill Haven, $3,735

North End Fire Company, Pine Grove, $5,874

Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, $1,500

Weiser Wildland Firefighters Inc., Pine Grove, $10,000

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Fremont Fire Department, Mount Pleasant Mills, $2,675

Reliance Hose Company Number 1, Middleburg, $2,406


Bakersville Volunteer Fire Company, Somerset, $5,000

Boswell Volunteer Fire Department, Boswell, $908


Laporte Borough Volunteer Fire Company, Laporte, $10,000


Springville Volunteer Fire Company, Springville, $3,200


Cedar Mountain Wildfire Crew Inc., Mansfield, $1,500


Union County West End Fire Company, Millmont, $10,000


Cherrytree Township Volunteer Fire Department, Titusville, $9,650


Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Warren, $5,240


Amwell Township Volunteer Fire Department, Amity, $1,225

Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, Charleroi, $10,000

McDonald Volunteer Fire Department, McDonald, $4,500

Midway Volunteer Fire Dept Of Washington Company, Midway, $2,235

Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company Inc, Roscoe, $4,750


White Mills Fire Department, White Mills, $10,000


Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Scottdale, $3,168


Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company, Meshoppen, $2,765

Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant awarded any fire company in 2019 was $10,000.

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