By Kaylee Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - 26 fire companies and ambulance services were awarded grants recently, funded through the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
The grants come through the Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which "provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services and rescue companies," according to the OSFC website.
According to the website, "eligible organizations may apply for grant funding for a combination of up to two projects in the following categories:
Ringtown Community Ambulance and Lost Creek Community Ambulance are among the list of grant recipients, despite merging into Shenandoah Community Ambulance in August. However, according to Shenandoah Ambulance President Rick Examitas, the ambulance service can continue to receive funds from Lost Creek and Ringtown for ten years after the merger.
All three ambulance associations were awarded $7,037.40, adding up to $21,112,20.
Examitas also serves as fire marshal for Shenandoah's Phoenix Fire Company, which was awarded $13,570.48, which he says will be used to purchase equipment.
A full list of grant recipients in our area is below.
American Hose Co. 1 - $15,000.00
Washington Fire Company Community Ambulance $7,037.40
Washington Fire Company No 1 $14,860.55
Citizens Fire Co. 2 - $14,860.55
Good American Hose Company No. 3 - $12,464.70
Humane Fire Company No. 1 - $11,727.52
Mahanoy City Emergency Medical Services - $7,037.40
Washington Hook & Ladder #1 - $13,386.18
West End Fire & Rescue - $13,570.48
Columbia Hose and Steam Fire Company No. 1 - $12,649.00
Defender Hose Company - $12,096.11
Shenandoah Community Ambulance - $7,037.40
Rescue Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 - $14,491.96
Phoenix Fire Company No. 2 - $13,570.48
Polish American Fire Co. - $12,833.30
Frackville Community Ambulance Association - $7,037.40
Good Will Hose Company No. 1 $13,570.48
Nuremberg Weston Volunteer Fire Co. - $13,754.78
Friendship Fire Company No. 1 of Englewood - $15,000.00
Girard Hose Company No. 1 - $11,911.82
Girardville Ambulance Service Inc - $5,458.32
Rangers Hose Company - $13,570.48
Lavelle Volunteer Fire Company - $11,727.52
Lost Creek Community Ambulance Association - $7,037.40 (goes to Shenandoah Ambulance)
Ringtown Community Ambulance Association Inc - $7,037.40 (goes to Shenandoah Ambulance)
Ringtown Valley Fire and Rescue Co - $12,649.00
Sheppton-Oneida Volunteer Fire Co. - $15,000.00
William Penn Fire Company No. 1 - $13,201.89