Local Firefighters, Ambulances Win Grants of Nearly $850,000

Lower Pottsgrove Township’s Ringing Hill Fire Company (at top) was among the grant winners

HARRISBURG PA – Nearly $850,000 will soon be on its way to 27 fire departments and volunteer fire companies, and another nine ambulance and emergency medical service providers – all of which serve western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties – in grant awards announced by Gov. Tom Wolf and furnished by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

The local money, part of an overall $50 million awarded statewide, is intended to offset coronavirus pandemic-related expenses. It comes from federal CARES Act funding provided to the state. Individual grants presented within the Tri-County area range in size from $48,342 to $5,856.

“Our fire, rescue and EMS are the first responders often on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wolf said. “All these professionals – some working as volunteers – give selflessly to support neighbors and communities. These CARES Act grants can assist in supporting them and their ongoing efforts to keep their neighbors and communities protected and safe.”

A total of $725,504 is being awarded to a list of local fire department and fire company grant winners. It includes, in alphabetical order:

  • Amity Fire Company, $24,247;
  • Birdsboro-Union Fire Department, $35,610;
  • Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue, $48,342;
  • Collegeville Fire Company No 1, $25,342;
  • East Greenville Fire Co #1, $24,110;
  • Empire Hook & Ladder Co. #1, $23,973;
  • Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue Company, $25,205;
  • Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. #1, $23,973;
  • Green Lane Fire Company, $23,288;
  • Harleysville Community Fire Company, $24,657;
  • Liberty Steam Fire Engine Co No 1 of Spring City, $24,794
  • Limerick Fire Department, $36,842;
  • Lower Frederick Fire Company, $25,342;
  • Monarch Fire Company #1, $25,205;
  • New Hanover Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services, $36,568;
  • Norco Fire Company, $11,094;
  • North End Fire Co., $25,342;
  • Perkiomen Township Fire Company, $25,342;
  • Philadelphia Steam Fire Engine Co. #1, $25,068;
  • Phoenix Hose Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, $25,342;
  • Ringing Hill Fire Company, $25,342;
  • Royersford Fire Department, $36,842;
  • Skippack Fire Company, $25,342;
  • Trappe Fire Company No. 1, $25,342;
  • Upper Frederick Fire Company, $24,046;
  • Upper Providence Township, $24,794; and
  • Upper Salford Volunteer Fire Company, $24,110.

An additional $124,119 is being awarded to ambulance and EMS providers, some of which are within fire companies and some of which operate independently. That list includes, in alphabetical order:

  • Bally Community Ambulance Association, $15,048;
  • Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service Inc., $5,856;
  • Friendship Ambulance, $15,048;
  • Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance Service, $13,198;
  • Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. #1, $15,048;
  • Harleysville Area Emergency Medical Service Inc, $15,048;
  • Skippack Emergency Medical Services, $15,048;
  • Trappe Fire Company No. 1, $14,777; and
  • Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association, $15,048.

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