Bizzarro: Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program opening Sept. 4

ERIE, July 31 – Volunteer fire companies and emergency service providers throughout Pennsylvania will soon be able to apply for state funding through the Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program in the Office of the State Fire Commissioner starting Sept. 4, announced Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie.

Eligible fire companies, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads will have 45 days to apply for the grant to use funds for up to two projects in the following categories:

  • Facilities - Construction and/or renovation of the fire company or ambulance service facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company to provide fire, ambulance and rescue services.
  • Equipment - Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment. Includes the purchase of fuel for company vehicles.
  • Debt reduction - Debt reduction associated with the facility or equipment categories above.
  • Training - Training and certification of members.
  • Training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public.
  • Career Departments Only - Overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training. 

“This grant provides needed funding to our emergency service providers including firefighters and EMTs,” Bizzarro said. “They will have the opportunity to make facility improvements and replace or repair equipment used in life-saving efforts. Additionally, training, education and ensuring firefighters and EMTs have the most up-to-date training and certifications for public safety.”

Eligible organizations currently receiving funding through this program must report incidents through July 31, 2019 and submit their final reports from the 2018-19 grant to the State Fire Commissioner by 4 p.m. Sept. 3 to be eligible to apply for this year’s grant program.

“I’m proud to share the news of grants that help to improve working conditions for those who save lives. Erie County was awarded nearly $483,000 in the 2018-19 grant program. Improving public safety in our backyards is a great example of your tax dollars hard at work,” Bizzarro said. “I urge any eligible emergency service providers and fire companies to apply for these funds.”