Auditor General DePasquale Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighter Relief Associations in 12 Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This week Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Adams, Allegheny, Berks, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Westmoreland, and York counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighter 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 2014, $68.25 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/audit-reports.

Adams County

Fountaindale VFRA –No findings

Allegheny County

Frazer Township VFRA – No findings

Millvale VFRA – No findings

Berks County

Exeter Township 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 maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Butler County

Harmony VFRA – No findings

Clarion County

New Bethlehem VFRA – No findings

Clearfield County

B.J.W. 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: unsecured loan.

Grassflat VFRA – No findings

Jefferson County

Falls Creek VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County

Rawlinsville VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for five findings: non-compliance with prior audit recommendations for: undocumented expenditures, unauthorized expenditures, failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster, failure to define discretionary benefits/unauthorized expenditures and failure to maintain a complete and accurate membership roster.

Ronks VFRA – No findings

Lehigh County

Citizens-Upper Milford Township VFRA – No findings

Montgomery County

Norriton VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for two findings: undocumented expenditures and failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

North Penn 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.

Westmoreland County

Adamsburg VFRA – No findings

Hyde 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.

York County

Loganville VFRA – No findings


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