State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) announced Friday that 10 area volunteer fire and ambulance organizations have been awarded more than $140,000 in funding through the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Ambulance Service Grant Program.
Four of the organizations are located in the Southern Lehigh area.
"Our emergency responders perform a vital service for our local communities," Simmons said in a news release about the grants. "I am pleased we are able to provide these volunteer groups with state funding support that will allow them to continue to protect our lives and property."
The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the state legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
All the grant money was generated from slot machine (gaming) proceeds, and will help fund various projects and initiatives, the news release said.
Projects that were eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or reduction of existing debt.
A total of $30 million in funding was awarded to 2,535 fire and ambulance organizations statewide, the release indicated.
The following Southern Lehigh fire and ambulance companies received grant awards:
—Lower Milford Township Fire Company – $13,619.31
—Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps – $7,091.40
—Upper Saucon Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 – $13,619.31
—Coopersburg Fire Company No. 1 – $13,458.11
Photo: An Upper Saucon Township fire truck (Patch file photo)