PITTSTON — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $40,000 Economic Impact Grant and $34,200 Community Facility Loan to the Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service.
The Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a 2016 Ford E 350 chassis to mount a 2008 Horton 453 ambulance and other necessary equipment, according to a news release. The new equipment will replace a current ambulance unit with over 100,000 miles, which has become too costly to repair and maintain.
The additional ambulance is needed to cover six boroughs served by Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service.
The purpose of the Community Facility grant and loan program is to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. “Essential community facility” is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.