Feb. 14, 2022

MOUNT PLEASANT – Rep. Leslie Rossi (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) announced today that 16 volunteer fire and ambulance companies throughout the 59th District have qualified to receive approximately $211,476 from a grant program administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

“We are grateful to all of our emergency responders who risk their lives daily to protect others in their most desperate time of need,” said Rossi. “I applaud all of the dedicated men and women of our local fire and EMS companies for qualifying for this critical funding, and most importantly, for their essential, irreplaceable dedication in keeping our communities serviced. This is the least we can do to help ensure this exceptional emergency coverage continues here at home in the 59th District and across the Commonwealth.”

Initiated by the PA General Assembly in 2000, this statewide grant program is open to all fire, ambulance and rescue companies across the Commonwealth. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Projects eligible for funding include recruitment and retention, construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, reduction of existing debt, or replacing lost proceeds due to COVID fundraising limitations.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies serving the 59th District and the amount of their grant awards:

Westmoreland County
• Bolivar Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000.
• Crabtree Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000.
• Darlington Volunteer Fire Company, $15,000.
• Fairfield Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, $15,000.
• Hecla Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.
• Ligonier Township Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, $13,500.
• Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 of Kecksburg, $15,000.
• Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 of Kecksburg EMS, $8,325.
• Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 2, 15,000.
• Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.
• Westmoreland Homesteads Volunteer Fire Department, $14,000.

Somerset County
• Acosta Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.
• Boswell Volunteer Fire Department, $11,500.
• Boswell Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $5,826.
• Conemaugh Township EMS Inc., $8,325.
• Jerome Volunteer Fire Company Inc., $15,000.

To receive a grant award, organizations must first apply and then complete a grant agreement. More information about these grants and other financial support programs for the state’s fire and EMS companies is available at www.osfc.pa.gov.

The 59th Legislative District encompasses part of Somerset County consisting of the townships of Conemaugh and Jenner, and the boroughs of Boswell and Jennerstown.

In Westmoreland County, the district includes the townships of Cook, Donegal, Fairfield, Hempfield (part of districts Todd, University and West Point), Ligonier, Mount Pleasant, St. Clair and Unity (part of districts Baggaley, Beatty, Crabtree, Dennison, Kuhns, Marguerite, Mutual and Pleasant Unity) and the boroughs of Bolivar, Donegal, Laurel Mountain, Ligonier, New Florence and Seward.

Representative Leslie Rossi
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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