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Pennsylvania grant money going to fire, emergency responders throughout Lycoming County

The welcome news arrived to local firefighters and emergency responders this week that they will once again get a boost from the state with their funding needs.

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program helps relieve some of the challenges faced by first responders in their fundraising efforts.

DuBoistown Vol. Fire Co. Fire Chief Paul McKinley said the department’s allocations, amounting to $12,589 for fire and $8,993 for the ambulance service, are most welcome.

“Every year we apply for funding,” he said.

McKinley said both fire and EMS are looking to repair vehicles and replace old equipment.

He noted local fundraising efforts have been challenging, including in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Hopple, of Old Lycoming Township Vol. Fire Co., said the department is looking to upgrade and replace equipment.

The purchases will include three new automated external defibrillators for EMS needs.

“That helps us improve our CPR response,” he said. “On the fire side, we’re buying some hoses, nozzles and applications for fire apparatus. We had to apply for the money and say what we are using it for.”

The fire department will receive $13,480 and EMS, $8,890.

The grant program, administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, is available to all fire and EMS companies as well as volunteer rescue squads, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.

Money can be used for construction, repair or renovation of facilities, equipment purchases, training and education, recruitment or retention, or to cover lost income due to the interruption of fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muncy Area Vol. Fire Co. Deputy Chief Kevin Rupert noted the equipment needs for the fire and EMS services.

“On the EMS side, our plans are to buy protective vests and positive air pressure respirators,” he said. “On the fire side, we are looking at updating our first rescue equipment and acquiring thermal imaging equipment for firefighters.”

Yaw said the region is blessed to have highly skilled and dedicated individuals who volunteer their time and efforts to protect communities.

“These grant disbursements will help alleviate some of the burden faced by these organizations on a day to day basis,” he said.

Funding allocations in Lycoming County ranged from $2,613 for Plunketts Creek Fire Department EMS to $23,733 for Muncy Area Vol. Fire Co.

The following additional county fire and EMS organizations to receive funding are:

• Antes Fort Fire Co.

• Citizens Hose Co. Jersey Shore

• Clinton Township Vol. Fire Co. No. 1

• Eldred Township Vo. Fire Co.

• Hepburn Township Vol. Fire Co.

• Hughesville Vol. Fire Department

• Jersey Shore Fire Co.

• Lairdsville Community Vol. Fire Co., Inc.

• Loyalsock Vol. Fire Co. No. 1

• Montgomery Vol. Fire Co.

• Nippenose Valley Vol. Fire Co.

• Nisbet Vol. Fire Co.

• Old Lycoming Township Vol. Fire Co., Inc.

• Picture Rocks Vol. Fire Co. Ambulance

• Ralston Vol. Fire Co., Inc.

• South Williamsport Fire Co.

• Trout Run Vol. Fire Co.

• Unityville Vol. Fire Co.

• Washington Township Vol. Fire Co.

• Waterville Vol. Fire Co.

• Williamsport Bureau of Fire

• Willing Hand Hose Co. 1, Montoursville

• Woodward Township Vol. Fire Co.

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