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PRINTER'S NO. 1419
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1099
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY MASTRIANO, BROOKS, BROWN, COSTA, DILLON, GEBHARD,
HUTCHINSON, PENNYCUICK, ROTHMAN, BAKER, REGAN, SCHWANK, VOGEL
AND J. WARD, MARCH 12, 2024
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,
MARCH 12, 2024
AN ACT
Amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in grants to fire companies and
emergency medical services companies, further providing for
publication and notice and for award of grants, repealing
provisions relating to COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and
Emergency Medical Services Grant Program and to Emergency
Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program, further
providing for expiration of authority, repealing provisions
relating to expiration of authority relating to COVID-19
Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant
Program and to expiration of authority relating to Emergency
Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program and further
providing for annual reports.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 7812, 7813(a)(7), (a.2) and (d), 7822
and 7823(a)(7) of Title 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes are amended to read:
§ 7812. Publication and notice.
The commissioner shall publish notice of the grant program
availability through the Legislative Reference Bureau for
publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by August 8 for each
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fiscal year. The commissioner shall post a notice of the grant
program and application for the grant program on the Office of
the State Fire Commissioner's publicly accessible Internet
website. To the greatest extent possible, the commissioner shall
utilize the Department of Community and Economic Development's
Single Application for Assistance.
§ 7813. Award of grants.
(a) Authorization.--The commissioner is authorized to make a
grant award to each eligible fire company for the following:
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[(7) Revenue loss for grants issued in 2021 and 2022.]
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[(a.2) Additional grants.--Each fire company with not more
than 20 members who are certified by the National Board on Fire
Service Professional Qualifications or by the International Fire
Service Accreditation Congress and are verified by the
Pennsylvania State Fire Academy at a minimum level of
Firefighter 1 on or before July 1 of the year of the grant
application shall be eligible to receive additional grants under
a certification bonus point system as administered by the
commissioner.]
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(d) Eligibility.--To receive grant funds under this chapter,
a fire company must:
(1) Have actively responded to at least 15 fire or
rescue emergencies during the previous calendar year.
(2) Be actively participating in the Pennsylvania Fire
Information Reporting System under a signed agreement. The
commissioner shall develop and publish guidelines specifying
the criteria necessary to determine the level of
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participation in the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting
System to remain eligible for grant funds.
(3) Have on record with the commissioner up-to-date
point-of-contact information for the fire company, fire chief
and president, including mailing address, telephone number
and email addresses.
(4) Be registered with the appropriate public safety
answering point as an active response agency.
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§ 7822. Publication and notice.
The commissioner shall publish notice of the grant program
availability through the Legislative Reference Bureau for
publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by August 8 for each
fiscal year. To the greatest extent possible, the commissioner
shall utilize the Department of Community and Economic
Development's Single Application for Assistance.
§ 7823. Award of grants.
(a) Authorization.--The commissioner is authorized to make a
grant award to each eligible EMS company for the following:
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[(7) Revenue loss for grants issued in 2021 and 2022.]
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Section 2. Subchapter C.1 of Chapter 78, section 7832.2 and
Subchapter E of Chapter 78 of Title 35 are repealed:
[SUBCHAPTER C.1
COVID-19 CRISIS FIRE COMPANY AND
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES GRANT PROGRAM
Sec.
7827.1. Establishment.
7827.2. Publication and notice.
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7827.3. Award of grants.
§ 7827.1. Establishment.
The COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program is established and shall be administered
by the agency. Grants provided under the program shall be used
by fire companies and EMS companies to provide services during
the novel coronavirus pandemic as identified in the proclamation
of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020,
published at 50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of
the state of disaster emergency.
§ 7827.2. Publication and notice.
The agency shall transmit notice of the COVID-19 Crisis Fire
Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program
availability to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication
in the Pennsylvania Bulletin within 30 days of the effective
date of this section.
§ 7827.3. Award of grants.
(a) Authorization.--The agency shall make a grant award from
the COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services
Grant Program to:
(1) Each eligible fire company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 (relating
to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7813(a)
and (a.1).
(2) A fire company that did not apply for or receive a
grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7813 and
that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7813(a) and (a.1).
(3) Each eligible EMS company that received a grant
award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 (relating
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to award of grants) for the purposes under section 7823(a).
(4) An EMS company that did not apply for or receive a
grant award in fiscal year 2019-2020 under section 7823 and
that applies for a grant under this subchapter for the
purposes under section 7823(a).
(b) Amount of award.--The amount of the grant award under
this subchapter shall be the same amount of the grant award for
fiscal year 2019-2020 to:
(1) An eligible fire company under section 7813.
(2) An eligible EMS company under section 7823.
(c) Application not required.--
(1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), no
additional application shall be required for a grant under
this subchapter.
(2) A fire company under subsection (a)(2) and an EMS
company under subsection (a)(4) must file an application for
a grant under this subchapter.
§ 7832.2. COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program.
The following shall apply to any appropriation from money
received by the Commonwealth under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,
and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136, 134 Stat. 281)
for purposes of making grants under Subchapter C.1 (relating to
COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services
Grant Program):
(1) The sum of $44,000,000 of the amount appropriated
shall be expended for the purpose of making grants to
eligible fire companies.
(2) The sum of $6,000,000 of the amount appropriated
shall be expended for the purpose of making grants to
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eligible EMS companies.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the agency
may use up to $200,000 of unencumbered funds from the amount
appropriated for administrative costs for the implementation
of Subchapter C.1.
SUBCHAPTER E
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
COVID-19 RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM
Sec.
7841. Establishment.
7842. Award of grants.
7843. Funding and costs.
7844. Report.
§ 7841. Establishment.
The Emergency Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant
Program is established and shall be administered by the Office
of the State Fire Commissioner in consultation with the
Department of Health. Grants provided under the Emergency
Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program shall be used
by EMS companies to provide services in response to the novel
coronavirus pandemic.
§ 7842. Award of grants.
(a) Application not required.--No application shall be
required to receive a grant under this subchapter.
(b) Notification.--The Office of the State Fire Commissioner
shall notify in writing each EMS company, as defined under
section 7802 (relating to definitions), of the availability of
grants from the Emergency Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery
Grant Program for the purposes under section 7823(a) (relating
to award of grants).
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(c) Certification.--The Office of the State Fire
Commissioner shall include with the written notification under
subsection (b) a form for each eligible EMS company to certify
that a grant received under this subchapter shall be used for
the purposes under section 7823(a) and provide a deadline by
which an EMS company must return the certification form.
(d) Amount.--Grants shall be awarded under this subchapter
in an amount equal to the total amount of funds appropriated
under section 7843 (relating to funding and costs) less the
amount used under section 7843(b) divided by the total number of
EMS companies that returned the certification under subsection
(c).
(e) Report.--No later than July 30, 2022, each EMS company
receiving a grant award under this subchapter shall report to
the Office of the State Fire Commissioner how it will use the
grant money awarded under subsection (d).
§ 7843. Funding and costs.
(a) Appropriation.--The sum of $25,000,000 of Federal funds
in the COVID-19 Response Restricted Account is appropriated to
the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for the Emergency
Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program under this
subchapter. The provisions of section 111-C(g) of the act of
April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, shall
not apply to the amount appropriated under this section.
(b) Administrative costs.--The Office of the State Fire
Commissioner may use up to $200,000 of unencumbered funds from
the amount appropriated under subsection (a) for administrative
costs for the implementation of this subchapter.
§ 7844. Report.
(a) Contents.--The commissioner shall prepare a report on
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the Emergency Medical Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program.
The report shall include all of the following information:
(1) The total number of EMS companies that were notified
of the grant program.
(2) The total number of EMS companies that submitted a
certification for the grant program.
(3) The total number of EMS companies that received a
grant.
(4) The total amount of the grant received by each EMS
company.
(5) A summary of how each EMS company will use the grant
money awarded under the program.
(b) Submission.--The commissioner shall submit the report by
September 1, 2022, to all of the following:
(1) The chair and minority chair of the Veterans Affairs
and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Senate.
(2) The chair and minority chair of the Veterans Affairs
and Emergency Preparedness Committee of the House of
Representatives.
(3) The chair and minority chair of the Appropriations
Committee of the Senate.
(4) The chair and minority chair of the Appropriations
Committee of the House of Representatives.
(c) Posting.--The commissioner shall post the annual report
on the Office of the State Fire Commissioner's publicly
accessible Internet website.]
Section 3. Section 7891 of Title 35 is amended to read:
§ 7891. Expiration of authority.
The authority of the commissioner to award grants under
Subchapters B (relating to fire company grant program) and C
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(relating to emergency medical services grant program) shall
expire [June 30, 2024] December 31, 2034.
Section 4. Sections 7892 and 7893 of Title 35 are repealed:
[§ 7892. Expiration of authority relating to COVID-19 Crisis
Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant
Program.
The authority of the agency to award grants under Subchapter
C.1 (relating to COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency
Medical Services Grant Program) shall expire six months after
the effective date of this section.
§ 7893. Expiration of authority relating to Emergency Medical
Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program.
The authority of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner to
award grants under Subchapter E (relating to Emergency Medical
Services COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program) shall expire June 30,
2022.]
Section 5. Section 7895(a)(5) of Title 35 is amended to
read:
§ 7895. Annual reports.
(a) Contents.--The commissioner shall prepare an annual
report on the Fire Company Grant Program and Emergency Medical
Services Grant Program. The annual report shall include all of
the following information:
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[(5) A list of the fire companies as delineated by
county that received additional grants under section
7813(a.2) (relating to award of grants).]
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Section 6. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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