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Blair fire, EMS receive funding

Fire and ambulance companies in the state’s 80th District will receive more than $200,000 in state grants through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

The grants were announced Tuesday by state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair.

“I congratulate these companies for the time and effort they take to apply for these grants, which recognize the important, lifesaving services provided by our fire and EMS personnel,” Gregory said. “These first responders have so many responsibilities, and they should not have to worry about paying for necessary equipment or facility upgrades.”

These Blair County fire and EMS companies received grants:

Bald Eagle Volunteer Fire Company — $12,467.96.

Blazing Arrow Hook & Ladder Fire Company — $13,563.39.

Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Company Inc. — $14,248.03.

Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company — $13,974.17.

Duncansville Emergency Medical Services Inc. — $9,192.44.

Duncansville Fire Company — $12,057.17.

Excelsior Fire Company No. 1 — $14,248.03.

Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company — $12,741.81.

Friendship Fire Company No. 1 Inc. — $13,700.31.

Geeseytown Community Fire Company — $13,015.67.

Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service Inc. — $9,192.44.

Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 — $14,248.03.

Neptune Steam Fire Company No. 1 — $13,563.39.

Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company — $12,331.03.

Sinking Valley Volunteer Fire Company — $11,920.24.

Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 — $12,741.81.

The grants can be used for construction or renovation of a company’s station, purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

The combined departments received about $177,000 last year.

All funding comes from state gaming proceeds, not General Fund tax revenue.

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