Harrisburg, PA – Wednesday, Pa. Governor Tom Wolf announced that he had awarded more than $600k in grants to Pa. Fire Departments. The grants will be used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.
"Our first responders take their responsibility to protect communities and our natural resources very seriously and an important way to show our appreciation is to ensure they have the necessary tools and resources," Gov. Wolf said. "These grants will allow our first responders to prepare for and, if needed, douse dangerous wildfires so that our communities remain safe."
More than $100k in grants were awarded to the following fire departments in the WILK listening area:
Bear Creek Township Volunteer Hose Company Bear Creek, Pa. $5,500.00
Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department Wapwallopen, Pa. $3,947.00
Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Co Hunlock Creek, Pa. $10,000.00
Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire Co Hunlock Creek, Pa. $10,000.00
Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Company Number 1 Wapwallopen, Pa $10,000.00
Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Company Jefferson Twp, Pa. $9,505.00
Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Co Gouldsboro, Pa. $5,579.00
Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company Aquashicola, Pa. $1,640.00
Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Company Number 1 Lehighton, Pa. $5,182.00
Nesquehoning Hose Co #1 Nesquehoning, Pa. $4,910.00
Towamensing Township Volunteer Fire Company Palmerton, Pa. $10,000.00
Goodwill Fire Company Number 1 Port Carbon, Pa. $970.00
Mcadoo Fire Company Inc Mcadoo, Pa.
Sheppton Oneida Volunteer Fire Company Sheppton, Pa. $9,985.00
Tremont Fire Company Number 1 Tremont, Pa. $5,134.00
William Penn Fire Company No 1 Shenandoah, Pa. $1,456.00
A full list of statewide recipients is available here.
The grants were awarded to qualifying local firefighting forces in rural areas and communities with fewer than 10,000 people.
Grants are awarded on a cost-share basis. The maximum grant awarded in 2021 is $10,000 and cannot exceed 50% of the actual expenditures of local, public, and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement.
Priority was placed on projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing. Grants may also be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. The vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.
In 2020, more than $591,000 was awarded to 109 volunteer fire companies. The grant program, offered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (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.