Bizzarro announces $720K in funding for Erie first responders

Funds totaling $121K awarded to first responders in Bizzarro’s district

ERIE, Feb. 15 – In a move designed to improve community safety and protect the lives of firefighters and paramedics responding to emergencies, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced nearly $122,000 in state funding has been approved for first responders in his legislative district.

“The work of our volunteer and career firefighters and first responders saves lives,” Bizzarro said. “Each year, I’m grateful to see the state step forward to help offset the costs of equipment, training, recruitment and retention of our first responders. If you’ve ever been in an accident or emergency situation, you’re well aware of the heroes that call Erie County home and help keep us safe.”

Erie County received a total of $720.626.94 in state funding through the Fire Company and Emergency Medicals Services Grant Program. Fire departments and EMS services in Bizzarro’s legislative district – which includes Millcreek and Fairview Townships – received funds totaling $121,982. Response teams in Bizzarro’s district awarded grants included:

Today’s announcement continues Bizzarro’s efforts to allocate state money to properly fund Erie schools, workforce development, nonprofits, first responders, public works, utilities and local businesses in his district and Erie County. His team has helped secure $718,226 in 2024.

During the 2023-24 legislative session, Bizzarro has helped secure more than $57.7 million in funding for Erie County projects, including more than $30.4 million in grants and $27.2 million in low-interest loans to help preserve clean water and upgrade local sewer systems.