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

June 04 2019
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Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in Eight Counties

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HARRISBURG (June 4, 2019) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in Adams, Allegheny, Butler, Clearfield, Lawrence, Luzerne, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

“My oversight of volunteer firefighters’ relief associations helps emergency-services volunteers protect our citizens and communities,” DePasquale said. “I want to make sure the funding is used efficiently and effectively to help purchase life-saving equipment, training and insurance for thousands of first-responders.”

The Department of the Auditor General audits VFRAs, 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 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:

Adams County

Bendersville VFRA – No findings  

Allegheny County

Forward Township VFRA – No findings  

Butler County

Mercer Road VFRA – No findings

South Butler VFRA – No findings 

West Sunbury VFRA – No findings 

Clearfield County

Coalport VFRA – No findings 

Irvona 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 one finding: noncompliance with prior audit recommendation involving undocumented expenditures.

The VFRA did not provide documentation to support $372 in fire company expenses and $176 in department store purchases, as identified in a previous audit.

Lawrence County

Ellwood City VFRA – No findings 

Luzerne County

White Haven VFRA – No findings

Montgomery County

Black Rock VFRA – No findings

Northampton County

Diamond VFRA – No findings 

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