10-year-Nearly three dozen volunteer emergency responders are getting a much-needed infusion of funding.
Rep. Doyle Heffley (D-Carbon) said Monday that more than $310,000 has been awarded to the volunteer fire and emergency response organizations.
The money comes from an ongoing grant program created by the state legislature and handed out by the state's Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
Last fall, lawmakers voted to extend and expand the decade-old program by increasing the total funding from $25 million to $30 million.
Local organizations receiving the grants include:
• Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Co.
• American Fire Co. No. 1
• Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Co.
• Beaver Meadows Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1
• Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Co.
• Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Weatherly
• Diligence Fire Co. 1
• Diligent Fire Co. No. 3
• East Penn Township Volunteer Fire Co.
• Fairview Hose Co. No. 2
• Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. No.1
• Greater Weatherly Area Ambulance Association Inc.
• Hauto Volunteer Fire Co.
• Kidder Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1
• Lake Harmony Rescue Squad Ambulance Corps
• Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Co. Inc.
• Lehigh and Lausanne Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co.
• Lehighton Ambulance Association
• Lehighton Fire Department
• Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association Inc.
• Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Inc.
• Nesquehoning Hose Co. No. 1
• New Columbus Fire Co. Inc.
• Parryville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 Inc.
• Penn Forest Township Vol Fire Co. No. 2
• Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1
• Phoenix Hose Co. No. 2
• Towamensing Township Volunteer Fire Co.
• Tresckow Volunteer Fire Co.
For more information about the grant program, go to osfc.state.pa.us.