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PA Fire & EMS Grant Program now Open for Applications

Office of the State Fire Commissioner

Important Information


Fire & EMS Grant Program

The PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner has opened the application for the 2023-2024 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program (FCEMSGP).


The grant program is available annually for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services, and rescue squads. Eligible applicants can make an online grant application at the following link:




Applicants must create a user ID and password before they can access the grant application, even if they created one for a previous grant cycle.


Application period is open for 45 days by statute:

·    September 6, 2023 – The 2023-24 FCEMS Grant application opens at 4:00pm.

·    October 20, 2023 – The 2023-24 FCEMS Grant application closes at 4:00 p.m.



Attached you will find the following documents that have been socialized with fire companies, EMS agencies, and rescue squads regarding the grant:

·    Important Dates for the 23-24 Grant 23-24 Important Dates.pdf

·    23-24 FCEMSGP Program Guidance 2023-24 FCEMSGP Program Guidance.pdf

·    Letter announcing the 23-24 Grant Program 23-24 Annual Grant Mailing Letter.pdf


As you know, the maximum grant award amounts were increased by the General Assembly last year:


·    Fire Companies – $20,000 max; $2,500 min (up from $15k)

·    EMS Companies – $15,000 max; $2,500 min (up from $10k)


Just a reminder: if you have NOT provided the report for the COVID 19 or the FCEMS grant from 2022, you are not eligible to apply until you have filed the report. The extended deadline was September 1, 2023.


If you need more information, please use the following emails for questions:

·    FCEMS Grant: [email protected]

·    COVID-19 EMS Grant: [email protected]



The Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute is an educational, non-profit association of emergency service organizations, emergency responders, industry and public service professionals who research, exchange information, and cultivate relationships among constituents about the issues affecting emergency response and life safety in the state of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to use combined knowledge and efforts to better protect the industry and those who serve within it.



PFESI advocates for the sustainment and improvement of fire and emergency services across Pennsylvania. We work with various groups to gain consensus and provide recommendations to the General Assembly, Executive Branch, and administrative agencies.


Professional Development


PFESI conducts professional development for a variety of organizations. The efforts include improving relationships between emergency services organizations and local governments, increasing awareness on the issues identified in SR-6, and fire service strategic planning.




PFESI conducts outreach to various partners and communities throughout Pennsylvania. The goal of these outreach efforts is to increase awareness and promote engagement in the legislative process. These efforts also improve the visibility of PFESI.

Town Hall Meetings


PFESI has conducted and will continue to conduct a series of open Town Hall style meetings with members of the Pennsylvania Fire Service. Our goal is to seek local input and ideas on how we can effectively prepare for the current and future challenges facing organizations.

Conference Participation / Vendor


PFESI participates as a vendor in several conferences. The goal of attending is to expand our influence, answer questions, and build relationships.

Coordination with Key Partners


PFESI works with many key partners at the local, county, state, and federal level. The success of our organization is built over the ability to achieve consensus and partner with those who have in interest in sustaining and improving Pennsylvania’s Fire and Emergency Services Organizations.


Firefighters Association of the State of Pennsylvania & Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute Joint Conference – October 5 – 7, 2023