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Shapiro Administration Announces More Than $31 Million in Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grants

02/03/2023

​Harrisburg, PA – Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook announced today the approval of grant awards totaling more than $31 million to 2,336 applicants who sought funding for the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (FCEMSGP).

“Our office is pleased to see the level of interest in the FCEMS grant program increase year over year,” said Acting PA State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook. “This state support is much needed for our responders, and the communities they work tirelessly to protect.” 

“Firefighters and first responders put their health and safety on the line every day for Pennsylvanians – they deserve our full support,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “That’s why my Administration is making sure they have the resources they need to keep our communities safe. As Governor, I’ll be laser focused on bringing people together and ensuring public safety.”

The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP) is administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) and makes an annual grant program available for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022-23 FCEMSGP include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public outreach, and recruitment and retention efforts. Additionally, fire companies were permitted to apply for constructions savings accounts for the purposes of new facility construction. 

All fire companies, emergency medical service, and volunteer rescue squads are eligible to apply for this annual grant program.

Due to the popularity of the program this year, not all applications were fully funded, and final awards were determined on a prorated basis.  

A complete list of grant awardees, as well as additional program eligibility requirements and important dates and information associated with future FCEMSGP funding rounds can be found online at www.osfc.pa.gov.    


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