The Keystone Valley Fire Department will soon be one of the only debt-free fire companies in Chester County thanks to grants received from Pennsylvania’s Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Programs.
According to a report in The Daily Local, the newly formed fire company will use the $63,669 received from the state to pay down debt incurred during last years consolidation initiative, leaving the company with zero debt on its books.
No debt means the fire company can focus on its core mission of fighting fires and providing ambulance service without having to worry so much about fund raising.
Keystone Valley firefighter and paramedic Jared Dalmas, a member of the department’s board of directors who wrote the grant application, said the funds will allow the fire company to serve the community without placing a burden on area residents.
“This provides us an opportunity to focus on improving the quality of life safety within the region in a fiscally managed manner without creating a burden on the community,” Dalmas said.
Other officials said the department’s good financial standing will allow its members to focus less time on fundraising and more on training and responding to the needs of the community.
“It also allows our volunteers to focus their efforts on responses and training, and reduces the need for time spent on fundraising,” said Keystone Valley Fire Chief Brian Gathercole.
The entire Daily Local News article announcing the grants is here.