No Findings in Audit of Ringgold Firefighters’ Relief Association

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Adams, Allegheny, Bucks, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

The Department of the Auditor General examines volunteer firefighters’ 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 2015, $65.94 million in state funds was required to be distributed through funding municipalities to 1,915 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: www.PaAuditor.gov/audit-reports.

Adams County

Bonneauville 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: failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster and non-compliance with prior audit recommendations for unauthorized expenditures.

Allegheny County

Brentwood VFRA – No findings

Frazer Township VFRA – No findings

Swissvale VFRA – No findings

Bucks County

Trumbauersville VFRA – No findings

Cambria County

Upper Yoder VFRA – No findings

Clarion County

Knox 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 expenditure.

Crawford County

Summit Township VFRA – No findings

Erie County

Mill Village 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: non-compliance with prior audit recommendation for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Greene County

Nemacolin 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: undocumented expenditures.

Jefferson County

Ringgold Area VFRA – No findings

Lancaster County

Willow Street VFRA – No findings

Lebanon County

Bunker Hill VFRA – No findings

Lickdale VFRA – No findings

Luzerne County

Swoyersville No. 1 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: improper merger.

Mercer County

Pine Township VFRA – No findings

Mifflin County

Big Valley Ambulance Club Relief Fund

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.

Montgomery County

Green Lane 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: non-compliance with prior audit recommendation for failure to maintain a complete and accurate equipment roster.

Sullivan County

Eldredsville 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 deposit state aid.

Susquehanna County

Hop Bottom VFRA – No findings

Wayne County

Equinunk 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.

Westmoreland County

Salem Township VFRA – No findings

York County

Spring Grove VFRA – No findings

 


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