LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Josh Shapiro was in Lancaster on Wednesday meeting first responders and discussing his latest budget proposal.
According to Shapiro, $36 million of his budget proposal will be going toward new equipment for firefighters and maintaining a strong EMS response, and another $50 million will go toward 911 dispatch communication systems. The extra funding will continue to help make communities across the commonwealth safer.
“Even in the case of a highly functioning, fully staffed company, when others around them don’t have their resources, that really puts a pinch (on them). I know that was the case in Altoona, and that is something we are seeing across this commonwealth,” Governor Shapiro said.
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More than 50% of Lancaster’s budget goes toward public safety. To outfit just one firefighter with proper personal equipment and provide mandatory training, the cost is over $10,000.
Shapiro was joined by Mayor Danen Sorace and the acting fire commissioner Tom Cook, among others.