Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 26 Counties


February 01 2018
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 26 Counties

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HARRISBURG (Feb. 1, 2018) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Forest, Jefferson, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighters’ relief associations, which receive state aid from a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.

In 2017, $60.6 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to   2,521 VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

The full audit reports for VFRAs with findings are available online using the links provided below, others are available online at: www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.

Allegheny County

Fawn Township VFRA Fire Co. No. 2 – No findings

Liberty VFRA – No findings 

Renton VFRA – No findings 

Berks County

Boyertown VFRA – No findings 

Bradford County

Franklin Township VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for six findings: inappropriate ownership of rescue vehicle, inadequate financial record-keeping system and noncompliance with prior audit recommendations for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, failure to maintain minutes of meetings, failure to disclose related party transactions, and undocumented expenditures.

Bucks County

Tullytown VFRA – No findings 

Butler County

West Sunbury VFRA – No findings 

Cambria County

Franklin Borough VFRA – No findings 

Carbon County

Penn Forest Township Fire Co. No. 2 VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: inappropriate ownership of rescue trailer.

Centre County

Pleasant Gap VFRA – No findings 

Chester County

Wagontown VFRA – No findings 

Crawford County

Greenwood VFRA – No findings 

Randolph Township VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: relief association accounts inappropriately registered under another entity’s federal tax identification number.

Cumberland County

Camp Hill Fire Co. No. 1 VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Mechanicsburg VFRA – No findings 

Dauphin County

Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1 VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster and noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for insufficient bond coverage.

Penbrook VFRA – No findings 

Delaware County

Prospect Park VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: failure to conduct annual physical equipment inventories.

Forest County

West Hickory VFRA – No findings 

Jefferson County

Sigel VFRA – No findings 

Lancaster County

Ronks VFRA – No findings 

Weaverland Valley VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for four findings: failure to secure ownership interest in jointly purchased vehicle, untimely deposit of state aid, failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, and relief association checking account inappropriately registered under affiliated fire service organization’s federal tax identification number.

Luzerne County

Exeter Borough VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: noncompliance with prior audit recommendations for inadequate minutes of meetings and undocumented expenditure.

Shavertown VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Mercer County

East End VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for undocumented expenditures.

Monroe County

Coolbaugh Township VFRA 

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: noncompliance with prior audit recommendations for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster and failure to maintain minutes of meetings.

Montgomery County

Ringing Hill VFRA – No findings 

Upper Frederick VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: relief association certificate of deposit inappropriately registered under the affiliated fire service organization’s federal tax identification number.

Northumberland County

Sunbury VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for one finding: failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Potter County

Austin VFRA – No findings 

Schuylkill County

Gordon VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: insufficient bond coverage and failure to maintain a complete and accurate membership roster.

Venango County

Oakland Township VFRA – No findings 

Washington County

Avella VFRA – No findings 

Westmoreland County

High Park VFRA – No findings 

Madison VFRA – No findings 

Salem Township Fire Co. No. 2 – No findings 

Youngstown VFRA – No findings

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