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Treasurer McCord Sets Out to Reunite Fire, EMS Companies With Nearly $700,000 in Unclaimed Property During National Fire Prevention Month

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, State Treasurer Rob McCord today said nearly $700,000 in unclaimed property is available for Pennsylvania's emergency responder organizations to claim in order to supplement their budgets and provide needed valuable life-saving services.

Of the nearly $700,000 available, Treasurer McCord said Treasury has initiated claims on more than $306,000, which belongs to over 230 fire companies and emergency responders across the state. The Treasurer encouraged all such organizations to search Treasury's free online database at www.patreasury.gov to see if the remaining $389,000 – or other property – is owed to them.

"We want to bolster the budgets of emergency responder organizations that regularly deal with limited funding and resources, so they have additional help to keep their communities safe," said Treasurer McCord. "The unclaimed property we have in our database doesn't simply belong to individuals. Much of it also belongs to community service organizations, businesses, schools, and other entities.

"We try to reunite property with the proper owners year-round, but we want to mark National Fire Prevention Month with a specific push in recognition of the work firefighters and EMS workers do to keep us safe. Every dollar we can return to fire companies and emergency responders is one more that can go towards saving lives."

The property owed to fire companies, ambulance services, and emergency medical organizations is only a fraction of the $1.9 billion in unclaimed property Treasury is now working to return to people, businesses, nonprofits, local government, and community organizations, among other groups.

Treasurer McCord stressed that people and organizations usually do not know they are owed property because "holders," or entities that hold property owed to others, are not required under state law to contact the owner before remitting it to Treasury. As a result, Treasury each year receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property in the form of abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, and contents of safe deposit boxes.

The Treasurer encouraged everyone to search Treasury's free unclaimed property database at www.patreasury.gov or call 1-800-222-2046, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A member of Treasury's Return Team will assist with their search and the claim process.

Since January 2009, the McCord Treasury has collected more than $820 million in property, returned more than $377 million to rightful owners, and generated about $442 million for the state's General Fund through the Unclaimed Property Program.

To learn more about Pennsylvania's Unclaimed Property Program or to search for property, visit www.patreasury.gov or call 1-800-222-2046.

Editor's note: The following list includes select fire companies and emergency service providers, by county, with unclaimed property. To learn if others have unclaimed property, please call 717-787-2991 or search the free database at www.patreasury.gov.

Allegheny
Allegheny Emergency Care
Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Association
Ross Westview EMS
Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department
Versailles Volunteer Fire Company
Armstrong
Parker City Volunteer Fire Department
Beaver
Aliquippa Emergency Services
Beaver County Emergency Services
Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Department
Blair
Altoona Fire Department
Southern Blair Ambulance
Bucks
Northern Wayne Fire Company
Roselle Fire Department
Warwick Township Fire Company
Butler
Callery Volunteer Fire Company
Valencia Community Volunteer Fire Department
Cambria
West Taylor Fire Dept.
Carbon
Lansford Volunteer Ambulance Corp
Tresckow Fire Department
Centre
Centre Emergency Medical Association
Chester
Berwyn Fire Co EMS
Martins Corner Fire Company
Unionville Comm Ambulance
Clearfield
Brady Township Fire Co
Clinton
Nittany Valley Firemans Relief Association
Columbia
Berwick Fire Department
Crawford
Conneaut Lake Area Ambulance
Linesville Area Ambulance
Cumberland
Camp Hill Fire Company No. 1
Cumberland Valley EMS
Mt Holly Springs Fire Police
Ringtown Community Ambulance
Shenandoah Community Ambulance
West Shore EMS
Dauphin
Caring Hearts EMS
Delaware
Brookhaven Fire Company
Lester Fire Company
Moyamensing Jr. Fire Company #1
Upper Darby Township EMS
Elk
Ridgeway Ambulance
Erie
Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department
Lake Shore Emergency Services
North East Fire Dept.
Fayette
Laurel Ambulance Service
Point Marion Firemans Relief Association
Smithfield Fairchance Ambulance
Franklin
Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Company
Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Department
Huntingdon
Three Springs Volunteer Fire Company
Indiana
Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department
Lackawanna
Hamlin Fire and Rescue Company Inc.
Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire
Lancaster
Lancaster County Fire Police
South Manheim Township Fire Company
Willow St. Fire Company
Lebanon
Lebanon City Fire Prevention Committee
Lehigh
Barrett Township Volunteer Ambulance
Bridgeton City EMS
City of Warren Ambulance
Macungie Fire Company 1
Salisbury Fire Company
Swoyersville Community Ambulance
Luzerne
Avoca Ambulance Association Inc.
Lehman Township Volunteer Ambulance
McKean
Eldred Fire Department Ambulance
Mercer
Wheatland Junior Fire Department
Monroe
Coolbaugh Township Firemens Relief Association
Montgomery
Collegeville Fire Company
Gilbertsville Fire Department
Goodwill Fire Company Ambulance Fund
Schwenksville Fire Company
Northampton
Easton Emergency Service
Nazareth Volunteer Ambulance Company
Northumberland
Turbotville Volunteer Fire Company
Philadelphia
Englewood Emergency Care
Holme Avenue Emergency Physicians
Wissahickon Community Ambulance
Schuylkill
Pottsville Area Emergency Medical Services
Schuylkill Emergency Physicians
Washington Fire Company #1
Somerset
Central Harden Fire Department
Confluence Volunteer Fire Department
Warren
Sheffield Ambulance Service
Washington
Chartiers Volunteer Fire Company
Memorial Park Post 764 Ambulance
Monongahela Emergency Physicians
Wayne
Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Company
Waymart Volunteer Ambulance
Westmoreland
Arnold Fire Department
Brookside Fire Co Volunteer
Irwin Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance
Luxor Volunteer Fire Department
Sardis Volunteer Fire Company
York
Delta Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company
Reliance Fire Company
West Manchester Township Firefighter
White Rose Ambulance

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CONTACT: Media contact: Elizabeth Foose 717-787-2991 or news@patreasury.gov

Source: Pennsylvania Treasury