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State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego Announces the 2019 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program

​Harrisburg, PA – State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced that the application period for the 2019 Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program opened May 20, 2019.

Fire companies, rescue companies, and emergency medical services throughout the 40 counties where unconventional gas well drilling has been permitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), or counties that directly border the permitted counties, are eligible to apply for the grants.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2019 UGWF Grant Program provided by the Act 13 of 2012, include development, delivery and sustainment of training, professional certification or the acquisition of specialized equipment for emergency responses relating to natural gas production from unconventional gas wells. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Obtaining professional national certification of members.
  • Purchase of firefighting, emergency medical, rescue or air monitoring equipment used at or related to an unconventional gas well pad incident on, or related to, an unconventional gas well pad.  All equipment purchased through the Program will also include training on the equipment provided by the PSFA at no additional costs to the grant recipient(s).
  • Training classes and required educational materials to prepare for incidents at an unconventional gas well pad incident or related to the unconventional gas industry.

The online application period began Monday, May 20, 2019, and will remain open until Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. Detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply is available online at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner website.

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