Auditor General Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 9 Counties

Auditor General  Releases Audits for Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Associations in 9 Counties

Harrisburg, PA

 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in Allegheny, Beaver, Dauphin, Delaware, Montgomery, Somerset, Washington, Wayne and Westmoreland counties.

“Relief associations help our brave volunteer responders to perform their dedicated, often heroic, duties. We are forever grateful,” DePasquale said.

VFRAs 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 2018, 2,518 municipalities received $55.1 million for distribution to VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters.

 

Allegheny County

Forest Grove VFRA – No findings 

Beaver County

Fallston VFRA – No findings

Dauphin County

Dauphin-Middle Paxton VFRA – No findings 

Delaware County

Chester Heights VFRA

Complied with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures as they relate to the receipt of state aid and the expenditure of relief association funds, except for one finding: inadequate signatory authority for the disbursement of funds.

Checks contained the signature of one officer instead of two officers’ signatures, as required by law.

Montgomery County

Worcester Township VFRA 

Complied with applicable state laws, contracts, bylaws and administrative procedures as they relate to the receipt of state aid and the expenditure of relief association funds, except for one finding: failure to monitor investment activity.

A savings account, valued at $7,462, was considered dormant and transferred to the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. As a result of the audit, the VFRA filed a claim with the Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property to recover the funds.

Somerset County

Central City Fire Department and VFRA – No findings

Washington County

Marianna VFRA – No findings 

Wayne County

Hamlin VFRA – No findings 

Westmoreland County

High Park VFRA – No findings 

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Don Shaw

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