HARRISBURG – On July 3 Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRA) in 15 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Cumberland, Erie, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northampton, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Washington counties.
In Greene County, the Morris Township 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: unauthorized expenditures.
The VFRA spent $1,520 on dress uniforms and dress badges. As a result of the audit, the affiliated fire company reimbursed the VFRA $1,520.
“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 examines volunteer firefighters relief associations, which receive state aid from a 2% 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 fire relief association funding 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: www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.