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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 27, 2018 11:29 AM
From: Representative Brad Roae
To: All House members
Subject: Reform State Funding for Fire Departments that Provide Fire Protection to State Owned Buildings
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to reform state funding for fire departments that provide fire protection to state owned buildings.

Currently one fire department receives 100% of the annual $5 million appropriation. There are several hundred municipalities in Pennsylvania that have fire departments which protect state owned buildings. This legislation would ensure that all local fire departments that protect state owned buildings will receive some of the funding rather than one fire department getting 100% of the money.

State owned and leased buildings include those at PASSHE colleges, state correctional institutions, wine and spirit stores, state parks, state offices, etc. Hundreds of local fire departments currently receive zero compensation to protect these buildings. One fire department that does the same thing as all other fire departments currently gets 100% of the funding.

My legislation would distribute the $5 million proportionately based on the percent of total value of all state-owned buildings. DGS maintains a list of the value of each state-owned building by municipality for insurance purposes so it would be a simple calculation to treat all fire departments fairly. For example, if a municipality has 5% of the total value of all state buildings, that same municipality would get 5% of the money.

I would greatly appreciate your support of this legislation. Please contact my office if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.