HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) today announced that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner will be offering funding via the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP). The program establishes a one-time grant to be used by eligible Fire, Rescue and EMS companies to provide services during the coronavirus pandemic.
“These funds are intended to be used to supplement operational expenses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the inability to fundraise and create revenue due to compliance with measures to prevent the virus’s spread,” Polinchock said.
A total of $50 million will be distributed by the COVID-19 Crisis FCEMSGP from funds received by the Commonwealth under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. They include:
• $44 million to eligible fire and rescue companies.
• $6 million to eligible EMS companies.
This funding will be calculated for individual awards in the following manner:
• Fire/Rescue/EMS Companies that received a grant award from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP and register for the COVID-19 Crisis grant program will receive an initial award equal to the amount they received from the 2019-2020 FCEMSGP.
• The surplus funding in the program will be distributed to each eligible company that meets the funding criteria that submits a completed registration, including those that did not receive a 2019-20 FCEMSGP grant award.
• Eligible companies seeking a grant under the program should submit a completed online grant registration to OSFC. Registrations can be submitted to OSFC at osfc.pa.gov
The online registration portal is now open and will remain open until Friday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m.
Representative Todd Polinchock
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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