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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2014 02:04 PM
From: Representative Jerry Knowles
To: All House members
Subject: Fire and EMS Grant Program
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation to amend Chapter 78 of Title 35, which is the Fire and EMS Grant Program.

As you may recall, we amended this chapter in June of 2012 to both reauthorize the grant program and to increase the amount of the grant program from $25 million to $30 million. Under current law, if two or more fire companies merge, the newly formed entity is authorized to continue to receive each individual fire company’s grant in the aggregate for up to five years after the merger.

For example, if three fire companies merge and each were receiving $12,000 from the grant program, the new entity would be entitled to receive the aggregate of $36,000 for five years. At the end of the five year period, the newly formed fire company would receive only $12,000.

My legislation would amend Title 35 to change the five year provision to 10 years giving fire companies a much longer period to receive an aggregate grant amount.

Please consider sponsoring this important legislation that would assist our volunteer fire companies.

Introduced as HB62