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Wolf Administration Announces New Investments for Volunteer Fire Companies Fighting Wildfires Across Pennsylvania


Middletown, PA – In recognition of Fire Prevention Week and the service and sacrifice of volunteer firefighters throughout Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced $646,891 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.

“Firefighters, ordinary women and men all across Pennsylvania, are tasked with the greatest responsibility that can be given to a public organization – the safety and well-being of a community,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “I am pleased that these grants can help so many communities’ volunteer fire companies in their brave work.”

“Across the state, these funds will benefit 132 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “To appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters, one only has to look outside Pennsylvania to the horrific fires that sometimes plague other states.”

Speaking to community volunteer and Bureau of Forestry firefighters gathered at Lower Swatara Fire Department headquarters, acting state Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego praised their service to communities close to home – and many others far beyond Pennsylvania’s borders.

“The dangers associated with wildfires continue to pose a growing threat to our state’s forests and rural communities,” Trego said. “Grant programs like these are vital tools for state government to ensure volunteer firefighters get the equipment and the training they need to perform their jobs as professionally and safely as possible.”

In 2017, more than $592,000 was awarded to 129 volunteer fire companies. The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12.5 million since it began in 1982.

“The readiness of these men and women is demonstrated every spring and summer when they answer assistance calls coming from other states, while also responding regularly to local woodland and brush fires,” Dunn said. “These grants allow firefighters from smaller companies to concentrate more on public safety and training while easing their fiscal constraints.”

Recently approved grants include:


  • Gettysburg Fire Department Inc., Gettysburg, $6,458


  • Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, Dravosburg, $2,775
  • Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co., Elizabeth, $10,000
  • Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, Imperia, $7,500
  • Reserve Volunteer Fire Department, Pittsburgh, $5,500


  • Dayton District Volunteer Fire Co., Dayton, $10,000
  • Distant Area Volunteer Fire Department, New Bethlehem, $10,000
  • Ford Cliff Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Ford City, $600
  • Hose Company No. 6, Kittanning, Kittanning, $3,471


  • Imler Area Volunteer Fire Co., Imler, $6,410


  • Community Fire Co. Of Seisholtzville, Hereford, $3,765
  • Strausstown Volunteer Fire Co., No. 1, Strausstown, $7,900


  • Friendship Fire Co. Number 1 Inc., Roaring Spring, $2,585
  • Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Co., Altoona, $1,360
  • Sinking Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Altoona, $2,132


  • Windham Township Volunteer Fire Co., Rome, $6,975


  • Springtown Community Volunteer Fire Co. 1, Springtown, $3,862


  • Harmony Fire District, Harmony, $10,000


  • Dale Boro Fire Co., Johnstown, $1,000; Dauntless Fire Co., Ebensburg, $7,150


  • Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Lehighton, $10,000


  • Citizens Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, Milesburg, $2,202
  • Gregg Township Fire Co. No. 1, Spring Mills, $810
  • Miles Township Fire Co., Rebersburg, $7,500
  • Pleasant Gap Fire Co. No. 1, Bellefonte, $10,000
  • Reliance Volunteer Fire Co., Philipsburg, $3,248
  • Walker Township Volunteer Fire Co., Mingoville, $1,550


  • Berwyn Fire Co. & Ambulance, Berwyn, $4,500


  • East Brady Volunteer Fire Department, East Brady, $1,983


  • Columbia Volunteer Fire Co., Osceola Mills, $2,000
  • North Point Volunteer Fire Co., DuBois, $7,400
  • Westover Area Volunteer Fire Co., Westover, $10,000


  • Dunnstown Fire Co., Lock Haven, $1,250
  • Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Lamar, $500
  • Renovo Fire Department, Renovo, $9,181
  • Volunteer Fire Co. of Mill Hall, Mill Hall, $3,000
  • Woolrich Volunteer Fire Co., Lock Haven, $5,547


  • Espy Fire Co., Bloomsburg, $10,000
  • Mifflin Township Forest Rangers & Fire Co. 1, Mifflinville, $2,692
  • Valley Chemical Fire Co., Numidia, $3,047


  • Fellows Club VFD & Ambulance Service, Conneautville, $7,524
  • Townville Volunteer Fire Department, Townville, $5,000


  • Cumberland Valley Hose Co. No. 2, Shippensburg, $5,000
  • Friendship Hose Co. 1 Inc., Newville, $10,000
  • South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Co., Walnut Bottom, $5,597
  • Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1, Shippensburg, $1,110


  • Edgemont Township Fire Co. No. 1, Gradyville, $5,815


  • Johnsonburg Fire Department, Johnsonburg, $3,061


  • Union City Volunteer Fire Co., Union City, $3,000


  • Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1, Brownsville, $7,500
  • Hiller Volunteer Fire Co., Hiller, $3,000


  • Fannett Metal Fire & Ambulance Co., Dry Run, $1,048
  • Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Co., Mont Alto, $4,500
  • Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co., Pleasant Hall, $2,250
  • St. Thomas Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Inc., Saint Thomas, $2,500


  • Mapleton Fire Department Inc., Mapleton Depot, $10,000
  • Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Huntingdon, $4,325


  • Clyde Volunteer Fire Department, New Florence, $923
  • Clymer Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Clymer, $6,254
  • Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Co., Glen Campbell, $8,000
  • Iselin Volunteer Fire Co., Saltsburg, 2,500
  • Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Center, $2,894
  • Plumville District Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Plumville, $2,592


  • Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Co., Coolspring, $3,935


  • Beale Township Fire Department, Port Royal, $1,927
  • Richfield Fire Co., Richfield, $3,188


  • Black Diamond Hose Co. No. 2, Archbald, $4,000
  • Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Moscow, $10,000
  • Thornhurst Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Thornhurst, $3,781


  • Adamstown Fire Co., Adamstown, $1,145


  • Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Co., Palmyra, $3,492


  • Community Fire Co. No. 1 Of North Whitehall Township, Schnecksville, $5,274


  • Harding Fire Co., Harding, $2,868
  • Hobbie Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Wapwallopen, $4,208


  • Duboistown Fire Department, Williamsport, $5,000
  • Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Co., Montoursville, $6,500
  • Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Co., Picture Rocks, $3,565


  • Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford, $9,134


  • Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hazel Hurst, $1,083


  • Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Co., Stoneboro, $6,000


  • Junction Fire Co., Lewistown, $875


  • Bath Volunteer Fire Fighters & Ambulance Corps Inc., Bath, $1,428
  • Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Co., Bath, $5,000
  • Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Co. 1, Cherryville, $10,000
  • Southeastern Volunteer Fire Co., Hellertown, $10,000


  • East Cameron Township Fire Co., Shamokin $1,471
  • Lower Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, Sunbury, $5,000
  • Stonington Volunteer Fire Co., Sunbury, $10,000


  • Marysville Fire Co., Marysville, $10,000


  • Central Volunteer Fire Department, Rowland, $1,600
  • Forest Volunteer Fire Department, Hawley, $3,500
  • Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Lords Valley, $3,141
  • Lackawaxen Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lackawaxen, $3,500
  • Shohola Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue Inc., Shohola, $4,936


  • Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport, $3,350
  • Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co., Cross Fork, $7,045
  • Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse, $3,750


  • Hegins Valley Fire Rescue, Hegins, $10,000
  • Mahantongo Valley Fire Co., Pitman, $7,800
  • New England Fire Co. No. 1, Tamaqua, $2,600
  • South Ward Fire Co. Inc., Tamaqua, $10,000
  • Weiser Wildland Firefighters Inc., Pine Grove, $10,000


  • Garrett Volunteer Fire Co., Garrett, $1,980


  • Rush Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Lawton, $2,400


  • Mifflinburg Hose Co. 1, Mifflinburg, $5,000


  • Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, Cooperstown $1,525
  • Cornplanter Volunteer Fire Co., Oil City, $3,000
  • Emlenton Volunteer Firemans Association, Emlenton, $3,500


  • Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, Columbus, $4,500
  • Glade Township Volunteer Fire Department, Warren, $2,517
  • Russell Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Warren, $10,000
  • Spring Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department, Spring Creek, $2,000


  • Amwell Township Volunteer Fire Department, Amity $2,600
  • Volunteer Fire Department of Carroll Township, Monongahela, $10,000
  • Cokeburg Volunteer Fire Co., Cokeburg, $10,000
  • Elrama Volunteer Fire Co., Elrama, $2,500
  • Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Washington, $4,005
  • Marianna Volunteer Fire Co., Marianna, $6,129
  • Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department, Stockdale, $10,000


  • Equinunk Volunteer Fire Co., Equinunk, $10,000
  • Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Association, Newfoundland, $2,049
  • Pleasant Mount Emergency Services Inc., Pleasant Mount, $2,410


  • Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Co., Stahlstown, $8,081
  • Claridge Volunteer Fire Department, Claridge, $2,331
  • Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department, Crabtree, $924
  • Export Volunteer Fire Department, Export, $7,279
  • Manor Volunteer Fire Department, Manor, $3,387
  • Turkeytown Volunteer Fire Co., West Newton, $1,126


  • Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 of Dillsburg, Dillsburg, $3,152
  • Southern York County Forest Fire Crew Inc., Glen Rock, $4,460
  • Union Volunteer Fire Co., Felton $8,388
  • Wellsville Fire Co., Wellsville $4,458

Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant awarded any fire company in 2018 was $10,000.


Terry Brady, 717-705-2225;

L. Paul Vezzetti: OSFC, 717-651-2169;


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