On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay invites all fire, rescue companies and emergency medical services throughout Pennsylvania to apply for the Fire Company Emergency Medical Service Grant Program (program) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. The program has been reauthorized for four (4) years and increased to $30 million.
The on-line application opens September 6, 2017 at the State Fire Commissioner's website www.osfc.pa.gov and remains open for 45 days and will close at 4:00 p.m. on October 20, 2017. The maximum grant request amounts are $15,000.00 for fire companies and $10,000.00 for emergency medical services, but not less than $2,500 for both.
Fire companies and emergency medical services may apply for a grant in up to two of the six eligible program categories. The fiscal year grants for the 2017-18 grant program guidelines are now available for download on the OSFC’s webpage at www.osfc.pa.gov. Fire companies that also provide emergency medical service are eligible to apply for both a fire company grant and a ems service grant. Organizations meeting the following definitions will be considered for grant eligibility:
- Fire Company - A fire company or a municipal fire company located in this Commonwealth
- Volunteer Fire Company - A nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth which provides fire protection or rescue services and which may offer other voluntary emergency services within this Commonwealth. Voluntary emergency services provided by a volunteer fire company may include voluntary ambulance and voluntary rescue services. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $15,000 for each eligible volunteer fire company.)
- Emergency Medical Service - Any nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth, which is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is not associated or affiliated with any hospital and which is regularly engaged in the provision of emergency medical services, including basic life support or advanced life support services within this Commonwealth. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $10,000 per ems service.)
· Career Emergency Medical Services--A for-profit chartered emergency medical service corporation, association or organization which meets all of the following: 1. Is located in this Commonwealth; 2.Is licensed by the Department of Health; 3. Is not associated or affiliated with a hospital unless recognized in accordance with 7823 (b.1) (relating to grant awards); 4. Is regularly engaged in the provision of emergency medical services, including basic life support or advanced life support services and advanced life support squads as defined in 28 Pa Code § 1027.1 (relating to general provisions). This does not include a corporation, association or organization that is primarily engaged in the operation of invalid coaches which are intended for routine transport of individuals who are convalescent or non-ambulatory and who do not ordinarily require emergency medical treatment while in transit.
- Rescue Companies - A nonprofit chartered corporation, association or organization located in this Commonwealth that provides rescue services as part of the response to fires and/or vehicle accidents within this Commonwealth. (Grant awards shall be not less than $2,500 and not more than $15,000 for each eligible rescue company.)
Requests for funding for a combination of up to two projects in the following eligible categories may be submitted for consideration with each grant application:
- Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
- Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
- Debt reduction associated with the facility (1) or equipment (2) categories above.
- Training and certification of members.
- Training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public.
- Career Departments Only: Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training (available for Fire Companies only)
Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).
All fire company grant awards will be calculated using a basic award which will be a portion of the applicant's grant request (the amount of this basic award will be a predetermined, standard amount for all applicants based on the total amount of the grant requests and the grant funds available), plus an additional award representing all or a portion of the remainder of their request which will be determined by applying an award factor based on bonus points as described in the program guidelines. If necessary, the “additional award” portion of the grant will be prorated so that total grant awards do not exceed the total grant funds available. Fire company grants to individual fire companies shall not exceed $15,000.
Grant awards to emergency medical services will be prorated so that total grant awards do not exceed the total grant funds available. Emergency medical service grants to individual emergency medical services shall not exceed $10,000.
As in last year's application process, applicants will be required to provide a detailed itemized statement of how the requested funds are to be spent. This list of proposed expenditures must account for all of the funding requested.
This program eGrant application is intended to make the grant application/award process easier for everyone concerned. Online grant help is available throughout the application process by clicking on “Application Assistance.” We suggest that you access the instructions and study them before beginning your grant application.
Since information regarding your grant application will be sent to you via email, it is extremely important that you keep all of your contact information current in this eGrant system. Use the “Edit Your User Profile” link on the Application Main Menu page to keep your information up to date so that you are notified of any change regarding your application’s status.
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program
1310 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110