GETTYSBURG – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale visited the Gettysburg Fire Department where he addressed the PA Firemen’s Association Conference. He talked about the state funds helping volunteer firefighters save lives and property and why it’s important to audit volunteer firefighters’ relief associations to assure that money is spent effectively. In 2017, $60.6 million in state funds was distributed through funding municipalities to 2,521 VFRAs to provide training, purchase equipment and insurance, and pay for death benefits for volunteer firefighters. The 2018 state aid figures will be announced early next month. The funding comes from a 2% state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by Pennsylvania residents from out-of-state casualty insurance companies.