Delaware County Fire Companies and EMS Services Receive Over $400,000 in State Grants

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DELWARE COUNTY, PA — State Senator Tim Kearney (D-Delaware) has announced that 22 fire companies and one ambulance corps within the 26th District will receive a total of $427,311 in state grants. The funds, allocated through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program, will be used to support local fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments.

“I am incredibly proud that these state resources will be allocated to support local fire and EMS departments in my district,” said Senator Kearney. “This funding is a testament to the state’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities. Additionally, our dedicated first responders will be better equipped to continue their vital work of protecting and serving our residents.”

The annual grant program provides crucial financial support to volunteer and career fire companies, as well as EMS and rescue squads, enhancing their ability to serve their communities effectively. The grants are divided into two categories: Fire and EMS.

The 2023-2024 grant recipients in the 26th District, which includes parts of Delaware County, range from Broomall Fire Company in Broomall, which received $16,952, to South Media Fire Company No. 1 in Media, which got $15,000. Other notable recipients include Cardington Fire Company No. 1 in Upper Darby, awarded $16,952, and Springfield Fire Company in Springfield, which also received $16,952.

In the EMS category, Holmes Fire Company in Holmes, Marple Township Ambulance Corps in Broomall, Media Fire Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 in Media, Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association in Swarthmore, and Woodlyn Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Woodlyn each received $15,000.

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These grants not only provide much-needed financial support to local fire companies and EMS departments but also highlight the essential role these organizations play in safeguarding local communities. For residents of Delaware County, these funds mean that their first responders will have the resources they need to maintain their readiness and effectiveness.

The impact of this funding extends beyond the immediate benefit to the fire and EMS personnel. It’s an investment in the safety and peace of mind of every resident in the 26th District. Knowing that their first responders have the resources they need can make a world of difference for community members.

This is particularly true in times of crisis, when the swift response and professional expertise of fire and EMS personnel can mean the difference between life and death. These grants ensure that when such moments arise, Delaware County’s first responders will be as well-equipped and prepared as possible.

Senator Kearney’s announcement emphasizes the importance of state funding in supporting local services. This allocation of resources will help bolster the capabilities of fire and EMS departments across the 26th District, making them even more effective in their crucial roles.

In a broader sense, the funding represents an investment in the community’s future. By allocating resources to support the work of first responders, the state is helping to create safer, more resilient communities, where residents can live secure in the knowledge that they are protected by well-equipped and well-funded fire and EMS services.

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