Auditor Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations

Published 05/29 2014 03:14PM

Updated 05/29 2014 04:26PM

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of 41 audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Union, Venango, Warren and Wayne counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighter relief associations, which receive state aid from a two-percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.

In 2013, $72 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to nearly 1,950 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: http://www.auditorgen.state.pa.us/Reports/Fire.html.

Erie County
Lake City 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: unauthorized expenditures.

Mercer County
Fredonia 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.

Warren County
Scandia VFRA – No findings

Sheffield Township VFRA – No findings


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