Senate Approves $50 Million in Grants for PA Fire, EMS

(HARRISBURG) – The Senate today (May 28) approved and sent to the Governor legislation that would provide $50 million in grants for Pennsylvania’s fire companies and EMS squads as they address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).

Recognizing that the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak is placing a severe financial crisis on those vital first responders, Senate Bill 1122 provides $44 million for grants to fire companies and $6 million to benefit EMS stations.

“The men and women who run fire and EMS have seen their workloads increase while their funds are decreasing,” Senator Corman said. “The COVID-19 outbreak has suspended or cancelled the traditional festivals and other fundraising programs while at the same time increasing their expenses for things like personal protective equipment. They deserve this support in their frontline battle to protect our communities.”

Contact: Jenn Kocher – jkocher@pasen.gov