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

HARRISBURG (Jan. 5, 2017) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Centre, Lancaster, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Westmoreland counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines 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 2016, $65.5 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to 1,915 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.

Allegheny County

Bethel Park 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.

Beaver County

East Rochester VFRA – No findings

Blair County 

Blue Knob 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 adhere to relief association bylaws.

Bradford County

Canton VFRA – No findings

Cambria County 

Cover Hill VFRA – No findings

Jackson Township Fire Co. No. 1 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: non-compliance with prior audit recommendation for insufficient bond coverage.

Centre County

Boalsburg VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County

Providence Township Ambulance Relief Association  

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for three findings: failure to maintain a complete and accurate membership roster, and non-compliance with prior audit findings for failure to maintain minutes of meetings and failure to adhere to relief association bylaws.

Northumberland County

Milton VFRA – No findings

Schuylkill County

Girardville VFRA – No findings

South Cass VFRA – No findings

Westmoreland County

Manor VFRA – No findings

 

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