Area first responders awarded grants

JERSEY SHORE — Several Lycoming County volunteer fire and emergency organizations in the 76th Legislative District wre awarded state grants recently.

They include:

r Black Forest Fire Company, Lock Haven — $11,543.23.

r Citizens Hose Company, Jersey Shore (Fire) — $15,000.

r Citizens Hose Company, Jersey Shore (EMS) — $7,037.40.

r Independent Hose Company No. 1, Jersey Shore — $12,280.41.

r Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Jersey Shore — $12,833.30.

r Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Company, Linden — $13,754.78.

State Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union), Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Lycoming) and Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union) made the announcement this week.

“Our fire and emergency service companies are continually working to protect residents of our region and deserve support from the Commonwealth,” Everett said. “On top of that, have to hold frequent fundraisers just to keep their doors open and their equipment up-to-date. These hard-working men and women are deserving of this support from the commonwealth.”

Wheeland agreed.

“So many of our emergency service responders are volunteers and invest a great deal of time and money into their work,” he said. “The least we can do is help with training and equipment costs to help ensure their safety and the safety of the people they are working to assist.”

Yaw stressed the importance of aiding fire and EMS companies to help save live and property.

“The funding awarded will help ensure that our local volunteer fire companies and emergency responders are there when we need them most,” he said. “Many of our local departments depend on fundraisers to keep their doors open, which is why this money is very important when it comes to funding facility improvements or assisting with fire or EMS training and certification.”

The grants, which are funded with state gaming proceeds, are administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.