Berwyn Fire Company
Berwyn Fire Company
Berwyn Fire Company
Berwyn Fire Company


2024 Call Stats
Month Fire EMS Overlaps
Jan 84 205 85
Feb 59 199 65
Mar 61 205 59
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How Are We Funded
 

Pennsylvania has a long, rich history of volunteers providing emergency services to the community—a history that dates to 1736 when Ben Franklin formed the first volunteer fire company in Philadelphia.

Today, the Berwyn Fire Company, along with many others across Pennsylvania, continues to uphold the tradition of volunteer-led emergency services in Pennsylvania. Formed in 1894, the Berwyn Fire Company provides a range of emergent medical and fire services across Tredyffrin and Easttown.

While the Berwyn Fire Company provides critical services to the public, a portion of our funding still comes from sources other than taxes. In 2024, tax-funded appropriations from Tredyffrin and Easttown townships will account for 49% of the fire company’s income. The majority of expenses is tied to full-time and part-time employees totaling $2,469,993. The overall projected budget is $2,955,070 in 2024.

Our private funding sources, however, are under increasing downward pressure. The Fire Company’s largest source of funds is reimbursements from medical insurance companies and Medicare, among others, for emergent medical services and ambulance transportation to area hospitals. In recent years, insurance companies have adopted policies that make it more difficult and more expensive for EMS providers to collect for services performed.

Costs are simultaneously rising. Economic development in the T-E community has brought new businesses and residences that increase call volume for emergency services. Further, volunteerism is in decline requiring the fire company to substitute paid staff to sustain its service commitments to the community.

With expenses now exceeding revenues, a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the Berwyn Fire Company needs the support of the T-E community more than ever to avoid service cuts.

 
 
Explanation of Funding Sources:
 
Ambulance (EMS) Reimbursement: Payments received from healthcare insurance companies, Medicare, and patients for providing basic and advance life support (BLS / ALS) and emergent ambulance transportation to area hospitals.
 
Municipal Appropriations (Operating & Capital): Funds provided by Tredyffrin and Easttown townships to cover operating costs and capital expenditures, which includes replacement costs for fire trucks and ambulances.  
 
Fundraising: Donations from the public received as part of the Fire Company’s biannual fundraising campaigns. 
 
Cellular Tower Lease: Income from cellular service providers (Verizon, AT&T and others) in exchange for leasing space on a cellular tower located on the Fire Company’s property.
 
Other: Includes income from grants, fire prevention education and public awareness events, rental property income, and interest/dividends on investments.
 
Volunteer Firefighter Relief Association (VFRA): Funds generated from a statewide 2% tax on the premiums of property and casualty insurance policies sold in Pennsylvania by insurance companies based outside the state. Income from the tax is allocated to each township in Pennsylvania based on population and property value. Funds are collected by the state and distributed annually to each township for allocation at their discretion to their local fire companies. Funds from the VFRA are subject to strict guidelines that restrict how they are used, which prevents them from being used to fund many of the Fire Company’s normal operations. Additionally, VFRA funds must be segregated from the Fire Company’s other funds and are subject to regular independent audits. 
 

 

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Berwyn Fire Company
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Berwyn, PA 19312

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