Meadville Tribune

January 22, 2014

Crawford County fire, EMS to benefit from state's gaming industry

Meadville Tribune

HARRISBURG — More than a dozen Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence County fire and emergency medical service companies will be able to benefit from nearly $240,000 in proceeds from the state’s gaming industry, state Rep. Michele Brooks announced on Wednesday.

“Members of our local fire and EMS companies — many of whom hold full-time jobs and have families to care for — work hard for our communities and put themselves in harm’s way at a moment’s notice to help protect us,” said Brooks, whose 17th District includes Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence counties. “In addition to responding to emergencies, they spend countless hours training and raising much-needed funds for their companies. With equipment becoming more and more expensive, it is my hope that these grant dollars help lighten the financial burdens they face.”

The grants enable both volunteer and paid organizations to improve and enhance their capabilities by using the money to construct or renovate the service’s primary structure; purchase or repair firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment; pay for training; or pay down their debt.

The grant program is funded with proceeds from the state’s gaming industry and not through general fund taxes.

In total, $239,275.26 was awarded in the 17th District to 18 volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance services.

Crawford County fire and ambulance companies within the 17th District to receive grants included:

n Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department — $13,619.31 for fire services and $7,091.40 for ambulance operations

n Conneaut Lake Area Ambulance Service — $7,091.40

n Fallowfield Fire and Rescue Company — $12,161.20

n Greenwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue — $12,647.24

n North Shenango Volunteer Fire Department — $12,647.24

n Vernon Central Hose Company — $12,809.25

n Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department — $12,080.19

Fire and ambulance companies in the Mercer County portion of the 17th District receiving grants include:

n East End Volunteer Fire Department — $13,619.31

n Greenville Volunteer Fire Company — $13,619.31

n Hempfield Township Volunteer Fire Department of Mercer County – $12,323.21

n Jackson Center Volunteer Fire Department — $13,619.31

n Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department — $13,458.11 and a grant of $7,091.40 for its ambulance unit

n Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department — $13,133.27

n Sandy Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and Relief Association — $12,323.21

n Sheakleyville Community Volunteer Fire Department — $12,161.20

n Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Company — $12,809.25

n West Salem Township Fire Department — $12,809.25

In addition, the New Wilmington Volunteer Firemen’s Association in Lawrence County will receive $12,161.20 for its fire services.