First responders in Berks County are splitting more than $250,000 in state grant money.
Seventeen volunteer fire companies and ambulance associations will get a share of $246,000.
"Since 97 percent of firefighters across the Keystone State are volunteers, the vast majority of Pennsylvanians rely on these organizations for fire protection and basic emergency response services," said Pa. Rep. David Maloney, a Republican who represents the state's 130th District.
The grants, distributed by the state emergency management agency for facility or equipment upgrades, are as follows:
- Southern Berks Regional EMS Service: $6,704
- Amity Fire Company: $13,619
- Bally Community Ambulance Association: $7,091
- Birdsboro-Union Fire Department: $26,807
- Boyertown Lions Community Ambulance Service Inc.: $7,091
- Earl Township Volunteer Fire Company #1: $12,486
- Eastern Berks Fire Department: $40,077
- Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department: $27,239
- Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Company #1: $13,619
- Fleetwood EMS: $7,091
- Friendship Hook & Ladder Company #1: $13,619
- Keystone Steam Fire Engine Company #1: $13,133
- Monarch Fire Company #1: $13,619
- Oley EMS: $7,091
- Oley Fire Compan: $13,619
- Ruscombmanor Fire Company #1: $12,323
- Liberty Fire Company: $11,453