Matzie announces $170,000 in fire, EMS grants in the 16th District

AMBRIDGE, April 20 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that 14 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $170,000 in state grants.

The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are funded partly by gaming revenue.

"Public safety has been and will remain one of my top legislative priorities," Matzie said. "This investment from the commonwealth will provide our first responders with the resources they need to ensure they are at the ready if called upon."

Grant recipients include:

  • Aliquippa Bureau of Fire, $13,789;
  • Ambridge Volunteer Fire Department, $12,650;
  • Baden Volunteer Fire Department, $11,739;
  • Conway Volunteer Fire Department, $13,789;
  • East Rochester Borough Volunteer Fire Department, $11,511;
  • Economy Volunteer Fire Department, $13,106;
  • Freedom Volunteer Fire Department, $11,511;
  • Hopewell Township Volunteer Fire Department, $11,967;
  • Monaca No. 1 Volunteer Fire Department, $11,000;
  • Monaca No. 4 Volunteer Fire Department, $12,422;
  • Monaca No. 5 Volunteer Fire Company, $11,600;
  • Rochester Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, $13,789;
  • Rochester Volunteer Fire Department, $12,878;
  • Leetsdale Fire Department, $12,194; 

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

The grant program is due to expire June 30, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly. The House recently approved a bill to extend the program for another four years. Matzie voted for the bill, which has been sent to the Senate for consideration.