Bizzarro joins West Lake Fire Department, presents $325K in funds

Department will use money to purchase quick-attack vehicle

ERIE, Oct. 19 – The West Lake Fire Department welcomed a visitor for their weekly drill night Wednesday, when state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, presented Fire Chief Dominic Quadri and volunteer firefighters in the unit with the funds necessary to purchase a quick-attack vehicle.

Bizzarro presented the department with a state grant for $325,000. The grant was funded through the Department of Community and Economic Development.  

“We have to do a better job of keeping our first responders safe and providing them with the funds and equipment they need,” Bizzarro said. “Numerous reports have detailed the alarming trends across the nation and Pennsylvania for a need for increased funds to support our volunteer firefighters. The bottom line is this is a public safety concern, so I went to work to make sure we could deliver the money needed to purchase a vehicle that helps volunteers do their jobs and save lives.”

Quick-attack vehicles provide versatile options for fire departments to respond to emergencies, particularly when quick arrivals and a need to maneuver in and around tight spaces are necessary.

The West Lake Fire Department dates back to 1937. Located in Millcreek Township, the department has a primary – on West Lake Road – and secondary station – West 12th Street. It also staffs a water and ice rescue team.