Shapiro Administration Announces Emergency Services Grant Awardees

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

PENNSYLVANIA — The Office of the State Fire Commissioner recently announced grant awards for two separate grant programs: $447,251 in Emergency Training Center Capital Grants and $450,290 in Municipal Fire Department Capital Grants.

“Grant programs fill a vital shortfall in funding to support first responders in communities across the Commonwealth,” said State Fire Commissioner Tom Cook. “We look forward to continuing to provide this critical money in the future.”

The Emergency Training Center Capital Grant provides money to emergency services training centers, community colleges, county-owned facilities, municipal or fire department-owned facilities and nonprofit countywide associations to:

  • establish or modernize buildings that house firefighting equipment, ambulances or rescue vehicles;
  • acquire/renovate structures to house firefighting equipment, ambulances, or rescue vehicles, or construct/modernize facilities; and
  • repair/purchase firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment to provide proper and adequate training.

The Municipal Fire Department Capital Grant provides money to eligible departments to:

  • establish/modernize facilities that house firefighting equipment, ambulances, or rescue vehicles;
  • acquire/renovate existing structures to house firefighting equipment, ambulances, or rescue vehicles; or constructing/modernizing facilities; and
  • repair/purchase firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment to provide proper and adequate training.

Both grant programs were established by Act 104 of 2022, which provides a source of capital funding for municipal fire departments and emergency service training providers.

For more information on the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, visit their website.

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