Pittsburgh fire, EMS departments applaud relief funds after months of COVID hardships

  • Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Metered Site
  • Published: 10/11/2021 04:47 AM

A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgeville fire Chief Ray Costain wondered whether his department would have to close its doors. With the pandemic shutting down all in-person events, including necessary fundraisers, the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department’s money stream was drying up. By 2021, Chief Costain said, the department had lost $82,000. “It was a concern, not knowing what was going to come next [or] how long this was going to affect us,” Chief Costain said. With many volunteer fire departments across Allegheny County taking a serious financial hit from the pandemic, Allegheny County Council recently approved a spending plan that will deliver $5 million to volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services. Each of the county’s 200-some eligible agencies will receive $25,000, regardless of size or financial need.


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