Area fire/ambulance companies to receive $98,037 in state grants

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 -- State Rep. Ryann Bizzarro, D-Erie, said 10 fire and ambulance companies in the 3rd Legislative District will be sharing $98,037 in state grants.

The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. The grants are funded from gaming revenue.

“One of the challenges our emergency personnel are faced with is to acquire much-needed funding to keep functioning and to properly maintain their equipment,” Bizzarro said. “These grants help address those challenges so our first responders can focus on their service to our communities, which is why this program is so important.”

Grant recipients and amounts awarded in the 3rd District are as follows:

  • Edinboro Volunteer Fire Dept. -- $14,676 for the fire company; $7,037 for EMS;

  • Emergycare Inc. -- $7,037;

  • Kearsarge Fire Dept. -- $13,939;

  • Lake Shore Fire Dept. -- $12,280 for the fire company; $2,407 for EMS;

  • McKean Hose Co. -- $12,280 for the fire company; $7,037 for EMS;

  • Millcreek Paramedic Service Inc. -- $7,037; and

  • West Ridge Fire Dept. -- $14,307.

Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant money also may be applied toward purchasing new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.

The program will continue until 2020, thanks to a law that Bizzarro voted for -- Act 60 of 2016, at which time the program will either end or be reauthorized by the General Assembly.

The application deadline for the next round of fire grants will be in October.