The local firefighters and emergency services received the welcome news this week that they are being strengthened by the state with their financing needs.

The Fire and Emergency Services grant program helps alleviate some of the challenges first responders face in their fundraising efforts.

DuBoistown Vol. Fire Co. Fire Chief Paul McKinley said the division’s allocations of $ 12,589 for fire and $ 8,993 for ambulance are very welcome.

“Every year we apply for funding” he said.

McKinley said both fire departments and EMS are trying to repair vehicles and replace old equipment.

He noted that efforts to raise donations locally were challenging, including last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Hopple, of Old Lycoming Township Vol. Fire Co., said the department plans to upgrade and replace equipment.

The purchases include three new automated external defibrillators for the ambulance service.

“This helps us improve our CPR response.” he said. “On the fire side, we buy some hoses, nozzles, and fire extinguishing equipment. We had to apply for the money and say what we would use it for. “

The fire department receives $ 13,480 and EMS $ 8,890.

The grant program, administered by the State Fire Commissioner’s Office, is available to all fire and rescue services, as well as volunteer rescue teams, according to Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township.

Money can be used to build, repair or renovate facilities, purchase equipment, education and training, hire or stay, or to cover lost income due to the fundraising interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muncy Area Vol. 2 Fire Co. Assistant Manager Kevin Rupert noted that the equipment is needed for the fire and rescue services.

“On the EMS side are our plans to buy protective vests and breathing apparatus with positive pressure”, he said. “On the fire side, we are examining the modernization of our first rescue equipment and the acquisition of thermal imaging devices for the fire brigade.”

Yaw said the region is blessed to have highly skilled and dedicated people who volunteer their time and efforts to protect communities.

“These grant payments will help alleviate some of the stresses these organizations face on a day-to-day basis.” he said.

Fund allocations in Lycoming County ranged from $ 2,613 for Plunketts Creek Fire Department EMS to $ 23,733 for Muncy Area Vol. Fire Co.

The following additional circle fire and EMS organizations that receive funding are:

• Antes Fort Fire Co.

• Citizens Hose Co. Jersey Shore

• Clinton Township Vol. 1 Fire Co. No. 1

• Elders Congregation Vo. Fire Co.

• Hepburn Ward Vol. 2, No. Fire Co.

• Hughesville Vol. fire Department

• Jersey Shore Fire Co.

• Lairdsville Community Vol. 2, No. Fire Co., Inc.

• Loyalsock Vol. Fire Co. No. 1

• Montgomery Vol. Fire Co.

• Nippenose Valley Vol. 2, No. Fire Co.

• Nisbet Vol. Fire Co.

• Old Lycoming Township Vol. 2, No. Fire Co., Inc.

• Picture Rocks Vol. 1 Fire Co. Ambulance

• Ralston Vol. Fire Co., Inc.

• South Williamsport Fire Co.

• Trout run vol. Fire Co.

• Unityville Vol. Fire Co.

• Washington Township Vol. 1 Fire Co.

• Waterville Vol. Fire Co.

• Williamsport Office of Fire

• Willing Hand Hose Co. 1, Montoursville

• Woodward Ward Vol. 2, No. Fire Co.

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