HARRISBURG - More than $425,000 in state gaming revenue will enable 36 area first response organizations to continue their life-saving operations in the 110th District, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).

"We rely on the dedicated men and women of our volunteer first response organizations to provide valuable life-saving activities to keep our communities safe," Pickett said. "To help offset some of the expenses of providing these services, this state-run grant program has been very successful in supporting these devoted volunteers."

The Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant awards grant funding to local organizations for the construction or renovation of a fire company or ambulance service's primary structure; the purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment; training; or debt reduction. The grant program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds, is administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Fire Commissioner within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Grants were awarded to the following companies located in Bradford County:

Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company, $11,661.

Diahoga Hose Company No. 6, $11,500.

Engine Company No. 1, $11,661.

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, $11,500.

Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., $6,651 for emergency medical services and $12,146 for fire services.

Herrick Township Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500.

H.O.P.S. Emergency Medical Services, $6,651.

Howard Elmer Hose Company No. 4, $11,550.

J.E. Wheelock Hose Company No. 5, $11,211.

LeRaysville Pike Volunteer Fire Department, $11,500.

Litchfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, $11,661.

Monroe Hose Company, $11,500.

New Albany Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500.

North Towanda Fire and Rescue Volunteers Inc., $12,307.

Protection Hose Company No. 1, $11,661.

Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Association, $11,500.

Vigilante Engine Company No. 1, $11,056.

Wilmot Fire Company Inc., $7,500.

Windham Township Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500.

Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department, $11,500.

Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Inc., $6,252.

Wysox Volunteer Fire Company, $12,631.

Grants were awarded to the following companies located in Sullivan County:

Dushore Fire Company No. 1, $11,984 for fire services and $6,651 for EMS operations.

Eagles Mere Volunteer Fire Company Inc., $11,500.

Eagles Mere Volunteer Fire Co. Ambulance Association, $6,651.

Eldredsville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. $11,500 for fire services and $6,651 for EMS operations.

Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500.

Forksville Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500.

Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company, $5,500.

Laporte Borough Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500 for fire services and $6,651 for EMS operations.

Mildred Ambulance Association, $5,643.

Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company, $11,500 for fire services and $6,651 for EMS operations.

Submitted by Rep. Tina Pickett