Penn Township awarded $850,000 of American Rescue Plan grant funding from Chester County Commissioners12/20/2022 11:34AM ● By Steven Hoffman
On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Chester County Commissioners awarded Penn Township $850,000 for the purpose of creating a Southern Chester County Emergency Services Center to house SCCEMS - Medic 94.
The award was part of $103 million in American Rescue Plan funds awarded by the Commissioners in recent months to assist and improve infrastructure, public health response and disproportionately impacted communities affected so grievously by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Following the announcement of the grant award, Penn Township issued a statement saying that, “On behalf of the Penn Township Supervisors, the Board of Directors and the paramedics of SCCEMS-MEDIC 94, the community of southern Chester County, we express our sincere gratitude to the Chester County Commissioners and the ARP Committee for the recommendation for funding of the Penn Township grant request.”
Victor Mantegna, the chair of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors, said, “Our commitment to the health, safety and welfare of our residents, businesses and visitors is a part of our mission. In recent years, events such as COVID have caused us to realize the urgent need for a stand-alone emergency services center with a permanent home for SCCEMS - Medic 94 here in the southern portion of the county. With this grant, the Commissioners are enabling us to make that a reality,”
The combination of COVID, the closing of Jennersville Hospital, and a space that was outgrown has created a challenging situation for SCCEMS-Medic 94 and the community of southern Chester County. The grant funding provides a path forward.
“We are proud of our county and municipal relationships,” said Bob Hotchkiss, CEO, SCCEMS – Medic 94. “This new partnership will result in a permanent centrally located home to ensure rapid response for our Medic 94 services in the region. We thank Chester County and Penn Township for their vision and commitment to such a worthy and worthwhile endeavor.”
SCCEMS – Medic 94’s new home will be located at 863 W. Baltimore Pike at the corner of W. Baltimore Pike and Jenner’s Pond Road in Jennersville.