Monday, August 22, 2022

State Fire Commissioner Now Accepting Applications For Act 13 Emergency Services Grants

On August 22, Acting State Fire Commissioner Charles McGarvey announced his office is now accepting applications for
Act 13 Emergency Services Grants funded by Act 13 drilling impact fees on unconventional oil and gas wells.  The deadline for applications is October 21.

“Grant programs like these are an integral part of how we fund the fire service in the Commonwealth,” McGarvey said.  “Departments are struggling with a variety of impacts from declining volunteer rates, increased costs, and fewer public donations.  We want to make sure qualified departments get access to this much-needed state support as quickly as possible.”

Fire companies, rescue companies and emergency medical services throughout the 40 counties in which unconventional gas wells are located, or counties that directly border those counties, are eligible to apply for the grants.

Eligible projects in accordance with the 2022 UGWF Grant Program provided by the Act 13 of 2012, include development, delivery and sustainment of training, professional certification or the acquisition of specialized equipment for emergency responses relating to natural gas production from unconventional gas wells.

Eligible projects include:

-- Obtaining professional national certification of members.

-- Purchase of firefighting, emergency medical, rescue or air monitoring equipment used at or related to an unconventional gas well pad incident on, or related to, an unconventional gas well pad.  All equipment purchased through the Program will also include training on the equipment provided by the PSFA at no additional costs to the grant recipient(s).  

-- Training classes and required educational materials to prepare for incidents at an unconventional gas well pad or related to the unconventional gas industry.

For all the details, visit the Act 13 Emergency Services Grant webpage.

Detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply is available.

(Photo: - Fatal natural gas well fire in Greene County, 2014)

[Posted: August 22, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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