Auditor General DeFoor Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 6 Counties

September 20 2022
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Auditor General DeFoor Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 6 Counties

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HARRISBURG – Auditor General Timothy DeFoor today announced audit reports have been released for 5 volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in, Beaver, Bucks, Centre, Delaware, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

“Relief associations provide vital support to Pennsylvania’s dedicated first responders,” DeFoor said. “Our audits make sure state aid is used to equip and protect volunteer firefighters.”

The Department of the Auditor General distributes state aid for VFRAs and audits how they use the funds, which are generated by a 2% tax on fire insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania by out-of-state companies. In 2021, $54 million went to 2,517 municipalities for distribution to VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

VFRAs may have future state aid withheld if they do not comply with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures. Relief associations are separate legal entities from the fire departments they support.

The department is required by law to audit volunteer fire relief associations and municipal pension plans that receive state aid through the department; liquid fuels tax usage by municipalities; various county offices and numerous other state government entities. 

Audit reports are available online using the links provided below, or at

Beaver County

Pine Run Firemen’s Relief Association – ­­­­1 Finding: Failure to maintain a Pennsylvania sales tax exemption number

Bucks County

Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company Relief Association – ­­­­1 Finding: Unauthorized expenditures

Centre County

Firemen’s Relief Association of State College – No findings.

Delaware County

Haverford Township Volunteer Firefighters Relief Association – No findings.

Lackawanna County

Carbondale Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association – No findings.

Luzerne County

Pittston Township Volunteer Firemen’s Relief Association – ­­­­1 Finding: Unauthorized expenditures

Valley Regional Volunteer’s Fireman’s Relief Association – ­­­­1 Finding: Noncompliance with prior audit recommendation: failure to adhere to relief association bylaws

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