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Pa. grants available for volunteer fire, ambulance units

September 14, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, is encouraging local volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance services to apply for state grants through the office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Last year, Franklin County-area fire and ambulance organizations received more than $101,770 in funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit's station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $25 million will be awarded through the program.

Applications are available online from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Online applications will only be accepted through Oct. 23.

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For more information, go to RepRock.com and click on "Fire and Ambulance Grants."

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