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

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Yesterday Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighter relief associations in Beaver, Bradford, Bucks, Clarion, Jefferson, Lehigh, Warren, 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.

Beaver County
Eastvale VFRA

Received and expended state aid and accumulated relief funds in compliance with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures, except for three findings: unauthorized expenditure and non-compliance with prior audit recommendation for undocumented expenditure and failure to maintain bond coverage.

Bradford County
Smithfield Township VFRA – No findings

Bucks County
Parkland VFRA – No findings

Clarion County
Strattanville VFRA – No findings

Jefferson County
Falls Creek VFRA –No findings

Lehigh County
Whitehall Township VFRA – No findings

Warren County
Tidioute Area VFRA – No findings

Westmoreland County
Derry Township VFRA –No findings

York County
Hanover Borough VFRA – No findings


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