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State AG’s Office Gives $55M To Help Volunteer Firefighters

November 14, 2018

The state auditor general’s office gave $55.1 million to help volunteer firefighters associations across Pennsylvania provide training and equipment. Of that total, about $1.2 million will go to municipalities in Luzerne County, which in turn allocate them to their respective volunteer firefighter’s relief associations. “This money is vital in helping volunteer firefighters who save lives and protect property,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale in a news release. “These funds will benefit communities statewide by helping to purchase life-saving equipment, fund critical training and provide insurance for thousands of volunteer firefighters and emergency service providers.” The funding comes from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies, according to the auditor general. — BILL WELLOCK

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