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Emergency service providers in Berks receive nearly $1.1 million in state grants

Dozens of emergency service providers across Berks County will receive a combined $1.1 million in grants through the Pennsylvania’s Office of State Fire Commissioner.

The approval of grants under the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program was announced this week. The money can be used for a variety of purposes that include upgrading facilities, purchasing equipment, reducing debt, training, educating the public, recruiting members and constructing a facility.

In Berks, nearly 65 emergency services providers will receive grants:

• Amity Fire Company: $16,563

• Bally Community Ambulance Association: $15,000

• Berks Emergency Strike Team: $7,329

• Bernville Community Fire Company: $15,785

• Bethel Community Ambulance EMS: $15,000

• Birdsboro-Union Fire Department: $15,396

• Blandon Fire Company: $15,396

• Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue: $42,368

• Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service: $15,000

• Brecknock Township Fire Company: $16,952

• Central Berks Fire Company: $13,645

• Central Fire Company of Laureldale: $14,423

• Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services: $16,952

• Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services EMS: $15,000

• Community Fire Company of Frystown: $14,034

• Community Fire Company of Seisholtzville: $14,423

• Community Fire Company Virginville: $14,034

• Community Volunteer Fire Company of Lower Alsace Township: $13,840

• Cumru Township Volunteer Firefighters Association: $42,952

• Earl Township Volunteer Fire Company: $14,423

• Eastern Berks Fire Department: $42,952

• Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department: $29,952

• Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Company: $16,563

• Friendship Fire Company of Mohnton: $15,007

• Friendship Fire Company of Geigertown: $13,256

• Goodwill Fire Company of Hyde Park: $14,812

• Greenfields Fire Company: $15,201

• Hamburg Emergency Medical Service: $15,000

• Hamburg Volunteer Forest Fire Crew: $13,062

• Hereford Fire Company: $15,007

• Kempton Fire Company: $16,757

• Kenhorst Volunteer Fire Company: $14,423

• Keystone Fire Company of Shillington: $16,952

• Keystone Fire Company in Rehrersburg: $14,812

• Kutztown Fire & Rescue: $15,590

• Lower Alsace Ambulance: $10,000

• Lyons Volunteer Fire Company: $14,229

• Marion Fire Company of Stouchburg: $13,840

• Monarch Fire Company in Douglassville: $15,007

• Mount Penn Fire Company: $16,952

• Mount Pleasant Fire Company in Bernville: $14,423

• Muhlenberg Area Ambulance: $15,000

• Oley Fire Company: $16,757

• Oley Fire Company EMS: $15,000

• Pioneer Hose Company in Robesonia: $13,451

• Ruscombmanor Fire Company: $13,062

• Schuylkill Valley Emergency Medical Services: $30,000

• Shartlesville Community Fire Company: $15,007

• Shoemakersville Fire Company: $14,423

• Strausstown Volunteer Fire Company: $14,229

• Temple Fire Company: $15,785

• Topton Community Ambulance Service: $15,000

• Topton Volunteer Fire Company: $14,183

• Township of Spring Firefighters: $16,952

• Twin Valley Fire Department: $20,000

• Union Fire Company of Hamburg: $15,201

• Union Fire Company of Leesport: $15,201

• Union Fire Company of Bethel: $13,451

• Walnuttown Fire Company: $13,451

• West Reading Fire Company: $16,952

• Western Berks Ambulance Association: $15,000

• Western Berks Fire Department: $55,952

• Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company: $15,590

• Wyomissing Fire Department: $15,007

State lawmakers who represent the county released statements welcoming the funding.

“I’ve met with many EMTs, paramedics and firefighters, and I know they stand ready to help the rest of us at a moment’s notice,” said Rep. Jamie Barton. “They’ve made it clear to me that in order for them to continue their brave service, they need help, so getting this funding to our first responders is important for everyone.”

Rep. Manny Guzman said the safety and peace of mind of our community relies on local first responders.

“Funding these agencies is crucial and this is certainly one of my priorities,” Guzman said. “I will continue advocating to ensure that local fire companies and EMS providers are efficiently funded.”

Rep. David Maloney said he is strong supporter of first responders. He noted that he authored a law directing the governor each year to issue a proclamation calling on all public schools and educational institutions to observe First Responders Day and to conduct exercises recognizing the contributions and sacrifices first responders make.

“In Pennsylvania, volunteers are a huge part of this safety net — 97% of Pennsylvania residents rely upon volunteer first responders for fire protection and emergency medical services,” he said.

Source: Berkshire mont

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