EMMAUS — Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) has announced that 15 volunteer fire and emergency response organizations located within portions of Berks and Lehigh counties, in the 134th Legislative District, were awarded nearly $120,000 in state funding under an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
“This grant program is a great way to help support our local volunteer fire and emergency service personnel who protect the residents across our district,” said Mackenzie. “These state grants will help support our local organizations in their mission of protecting the public because they’ll be able to use this money for construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.”
During the 2011-12 legislative session, lawmakers voted to both extend and expand the decade-old program by increasing the total grant funding from $25 million to $30 million. All funding for these grants is authorized by Act 78 of 2012.
Local fire and ambulance companies receiving the grants are as follows:
- Alburtis Fire Co.
- Cetronia Ambulance Corps.
- Cetronia Fire Co. No. 1
- Citizens Fire Co. of Upper Milford
- Emmaus Borough Ambulance Corps.
- Emmaus Fire Department
- Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1
- Lower Macungie Fire Department
- Macungie Ambulance Corps.
- Macungie Volunteer Fire Department
- Upper Macungie Township Station 56
- Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Co.
Specific details regarding these grants can be found at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website at www.OSFC.state.pa.us. For more legislative information, visit Mackenzie’s website at www.RepMackenzie.com, or follow his legislative Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RepMackenzie.