Feb. 13, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced that 17 fire companies and emergency medical service companies serving the 183rd Legislative District were awarded almost $250,000 in Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service grants.

“This grant program helps fire and ambulance services purchase needed equipment to protect us in times of emergency,” Mako said. “While the amounts cannot pay for a fire engine or a building, it does assist with important other needs and reduces the need for fundraising. We owe our first responders a debt of gratitude for their service to our community.”

The grant money comes from state gaming proceeds as required under state law. It was first initiated in 2000 and is open to volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads in Pennsylvania. Grant awards can be used for construction or repair of facilities, purchase or repair of equipment, debt reduction and training. The funding amounts are contingent on the recipients filing their grant agreements with the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Fire and emergency medical services companies that serve the 183rd District were awarded the following amounts:

· Allen Township Fire Company No. 1 – $13,840.

· Bath Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Corps – $14,229.

· Charotin Hose Company No. 1 – $13,451.

· Community Fire Company No. 2 of North Whitehall Township – $13,840.

· Community Fire Company of New Tripoli – $16,952.

· Diamond Fire Company – $15,979.

· East Allen Township Fire Department – $13,840.

· Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company – $13,451.

· Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company EMS – $13,000.

· Laurys Station Volunteer Fire Company – $14,618

· Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – $16,757.

· Neffs Volunteer Fire Company – $15,396.

· Northampton Fire Department – $15,396.

· Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc. – $15,000.

· Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc. – $10,000.

· Slatington Volunteer Fire Department – $13,645.

· Tri Clover Fire Company – $13,645.

The 183rd District includes Lowhill and North Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough in Lehigh County. It also consists of Allen, East Allen, Lehigh and Moore (part) townships, and Bath, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport boroughs in Northampton County.

Representative Zachary Mako
183rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives