Cartwright Announces $116,000 in USDA Grant and Loan to Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service Association
Pittston, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a Community Facilities Direct Grant and Loan to the Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service Association. The award includes a loan of $66,000 and a grant of $50,000.
The funds will be used to purchase a 2018 Ford E 550 4x4 Horton 457 Ambulance. This will replace their old ambulance that was totaled during an accident. The Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service Association is one of the only regional emergency medical providers in the area; in addition to Pittston City, services are provided to neighboring communities. This association also operates the only community-based paramedic service in northern Luzerne County, designated as Luzerne County Medic 29.
“Targeted federal funding programs like those managed through USDA Rural Development, go a long way toward helping our first responders in small communities,” said Rep. Cartwright a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I support maintaining these programs so our small towns in Northeastern Pennsylvania do not get left out or left behind.”
USDA Rural Development offers a broad portfolio of programs to improve the lives of rural Americans. They provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development through loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs, and they help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing as well as make health and safety repairs to their homes.