Millard Supports Continuance of Grant Program for Fire, EMS Companies
HARRISBURG - Rep. David Millard (R-Millville) voted earlier this week to continue and expand the grant program that has provided several hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for local fire and emergency medical services companies all over Columbia County.

“Our local volunteer fire and EMS units are in a constant battle to raise necessary funding, all while they do such essential work in offering care and protection when emergency needs arise,” Millard said. “Through this grant program, our first responders can gain help with many items, from helping with debt service and building renovations to paying for life-saving equipment and training.”

Millard, a volunteer with the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years, pointed out that funds for the expansion of this grant program will not come from state tax dollars but from proceeds from slot machine gaming, where the funding has been generated for several years.

Senate Bill 866 extends the near decade old grant program through 2016, increases funding available from $25 million to $30 million and expands the initiative to include paid fire departments so that companies in financially struggling municipalities can continue to protect health and safety. The legislation awaits the governor’s signature to be signed into law.

Under the legislation, first response groups will continue to be eligible for up to $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for EMS units. The program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

State Representative David Millard
109th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Diane Moore
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