SCRANTON, September 6, 2019 – Sen. John Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner is currently accepting grant applications for the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Company Grant Program.

“All of our first responders provide such an invaluable service to our communities whether responding to emergencies or keeping our families safe,” Blake said. “I encourage all of our regional fire departments and EMS companies to apply for this important grant funding to upgrade their equipment and update their facilities.”

Blake noted that applications are currently being accepted online at The application deadline is Friday, October 18.

Fire companies and EMS companies can apply for grant funding in up to two of the six eligible categories. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of the fire company’s or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company; purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment; debt reduction associated with the facility or equipment; training and certification of members; and training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public. Additionally, Career Fire Departments can apply for grant funding for overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.

Volunteer fire companies that also provide emergency medical service are eligible to apply for both a fire company grant and emergency medical service grant. 

Fire company grants to individual fire companies shall not exceed $15,000 and be no less than $2,500. Volunteer ambulance service grants to individual volunteer ambulance services shall not exceed $10,000 and no less than $2,500.

For more information about the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Company Grant Program, visit

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