Glenshaw, PA – The Wolf Administration was on hand today to award members of the Elfinwild Volunteer Fire Department with a $200,000 loan provided through the state’s Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP). The award marks an important milestone for the program, having provided more than $500 million in affordable financing for volunteer fire departments since its 1976 inception.
“The Volunteer Loan Assistance Program has become a major source of reliable and affordable financing for many of the Commonwealth’s struggling volunteer fire departments,” said State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “Fire departments, like Elfinwald, provide citizens throughout the state with critical emergency response capabilities, and we’re pleased to be able to support their efforts in a meaningful way.”
After securing financing through the VLAP, the Elfinwild Volunteer Fire Department was able to accept delivery of its newest fire engine, #261.
Eligible volunteer fire companies, ambulance services, and rescue squads may apply for low interest loans through the VLAP for any of the three eligible program categories:
- Apparatus: to purchase new, or to repair/rehabilitate apparatus that no longer meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and to bring it into such compliance
- Facility: to construct or modernize those portions which house apparatus or purchase a used facility
- Equipment: to purchase accessory, communications, or protective equipment
The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) staff provides technical assistance and regulatory guidance to applicants; receives, analyzes, and approves loan applications; supplies loan closing services; maintains financial and historical files and services all accounts until they are closed.
More information regarding the VLAP is available through the OSFC website.
MEDIA CONTACT: L. Paul Vezzetti (OSFC) – 717-651-2169; firstname.lastname@example.org