Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for 41 Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 23 Counties


May 29 2014
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases 
Audits for 41 Volunteer Firefighter 
Relief Associations in 23 Counties

HARRISBURG (May 29, 2014)– Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 41 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Union, Venango, Warren and Wayne counties.

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

Bucks County
Edgely VFRA – No findings

Lower Southampton VFRA – No findings

Sellersville VFRA 
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for five findings: unauthorized expenditure, failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, insufficient bond coverage and non-compliance with prior audit recommendations for inadequate meeting minutes and untimely deposit of state aid.

Springtown 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: insufficient bond coverage.

Upper Black Eddy 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 secure ownership interest in jointly purchased equipment and non-compliance with prior audit recommendation for undocumented expenditures.

Cambria County 
Spangler 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 unauthorized expenditure.

Carbon County 
Palmerton 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: unauthorized expenditure.

Centre County 
Milesburg 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.

Snow Shoe 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 define discretionary benefits.

Clearfield County 
DuBois VFRA – No findings

Dauphin County 
Lykens VFRA – No findings

Delaware County 
Reliance Hook and Ladder 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 unauthorized expenditures.

Erie County 
Lake City 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: unauthorized expenditures.

Huntingdon County 
Shavers Creek Valley Community 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: insufficient bond coverage.

Lackawanna County 
Throop VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County 
Caernarvon VFRA – No findings

Manheim VFRA – No findings

Martindale VFRA – No findings

Luzerne County 
Fearnots VFRA – No findings

Lehman 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: inappropriate pre-signing of blank checks and noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for undocumented expenditures.

Hanover 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: insufficient bond coverage.

Mercer County 
Fredonia 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: insufficient bond coverage.

Montgomery County 
Centre Square VFRA – No findings

Cheltenham VFRA – No findings

Green Lane VFRA
Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for five findings: insufficient bond coverage, undocumented expenditures, unauthorized expenditures, inadequate financial record-keeping system and failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Lower 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: insufficient bond coverage.

Montour County 
Danville VFRA – No findings

Northampton County
Freemansburg VFRA – No findings

Northumberland County
Mount Carmel 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: noncompliance with prior audit recommendation for failure to maintain a complete and accurate membership roster.

Warrior Run VFRA – No findings

Perry County 
Landisburg VFRA – No findings

Schuylkill County
Girardville VFRA – No findings

Marlin VFRA – No findings

Shenandoah VFRA – No findings

Wayne Township VFRA – No findings

West Mahanoy Township VFRA – No findings

Union County 
Union Township VFRA – No findings

Venango County 
Rockland VFRA – No findings

Warren County
Scandia VFRA – No findings

Sheffield Township VFRA – No findings

Wayne County 
Honesdale VFRA – No findings

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