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Deadline Nears to Apply for Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service Grants, Says Knowles and Tobash
HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Berks/Schuylkill) are encouraging volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout the 124th and 125th legislative districts who have not already done so to apply for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP).

The application period closes on Friday, Oct. 19.

The General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).

Last year, area fire and ambulance organizations received thousands of dollars in funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit and and click on “Fire and Ambulance Grants.”

State Representative Jerry Knowles
124th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
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