Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 12 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Cumberland, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and York counties


January 30 2014
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 12 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Cumberland, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and York counties

HARRISBURG (Jan. 30, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for 12 volunteer firefighter relief associations in Cambria, Carbon, Clarion, Cumberland, Delaware, Fulton, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and York counties.

The department’s Bureau of Firefighters’ Relief Association Audits examines volunteer firefighter relief associations, which receive state aid from a two-percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.

In 2013, $72 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to nearly 1,950 VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

The full audit reports are available online using the links provided below.

Cambria County
Gallitzin VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures.

Carbon County
East Mauch Chunk 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: undocumented expenses and failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster (a repeat finding).

Clarion County
Knox VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures.

Cumberland County
Monroe VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures.

New Kingstown VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures. The audit report includes one observation regarding the VFRA’s failure to maintain, and provide for the audit, copies of canceled or imaged checks for signature verification purposes.

Delaware County
Yeadon 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 for inadequate meeting minutes (a repeat finding).

Fulton County
Hustontown VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for a finding for insufficient bond coverage.

Huntingdon County
Mount Union 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: unauthorized expenditure and inadequate meeting minutes.

Luzerne County
West Hazleton 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: undocumented expenditures and insufficient bond coverage.

Lycoming County
Citizens Hose Company of Jersey Shore 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 meeting minutes (a repeat finding) and insufficient bond coverage.

Mercer County
Pine Township VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster (a repeat finding).

York County
Wrightsville 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 bond coverage (a repeat finding) and failure to segregate relief association officers’ duties.

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