Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 10 Counties

May 14 2019
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 10 Counties

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HARRISBURG (May 14, 2019) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Cambria, Carbon, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Susquehanna and Union counties.

“We are forever grateful for the work that volunteer firefighters’ relief associations do to help fire and rescue crews perform their dedicated, often heroic, duties,” DePasquale said.

The Department of the Auditor General audits 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 2018, 2,518 municipalities received $55.1 million in state aid for distribution to local volunteer firefighters’ relief associations 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:

Allegheny County

Bethel Park VFRA – No findings 

Citizen’s Volunteer Hose Co. No. 1 of Birdville VFRA – No findings  

Green Tree VFRA – No findings  

Richland Township VFRA – No findings  

Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1 of Port Vue VFRA – No findings

Whitehall VFRA – No findings 

Cambria County

Stonycreek Township, Oakland, VFRA – No findings 

Carbon County

Lake Harmony VFRA – No findings

Huntingdon County

Marklesburg VFRA – No findings  

Juniata County

Richfield VFRA

Complied with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures as they relate to the receipt of state aid and the expenditure of relief association funds, except for two findings: failure to conduct annual physical equipment inventories and untimely receipts and deposits of state aid.

Lackawanna County

Archibald Borough VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County

Hand-In-Hand Fire Co. No. 1 VFRA – No findings 

Lehigh County

Catasauqua VFRA – No findings   

Susquehanna County

Hop Bottom VFRA – No findings

Union County

Union County West End VFRA – No findings  

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