Bizzarro: Local fire, EMS departments to receive more than $108,000 from Pa.

ERIE, April 20 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that several fire and ambulance companies in the 3rd Legislative District will receive about $108,586 in state grants.

"Our first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, but they must have the proper equipment and training to do their difficult jobs," Bizzarro said. "I am thankful the state recognizes this important need, and is supporting our firefighters and EMS professionals in such a meaningful way."

Funding for the grants comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. The program is set to expire on June 30, 2016, but Bizzarro recently co-sponsored and supported H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for four years. The bill passed the House unanimously and is awaiting further review in the Senate.

Grant recipients in the 3rd Legislative District include:

  • Central Erie County Paramedic Association, Inc., $7,202;
  • Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, $13,790;
  • Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $7,202;
  • Kearsarge Fire Department, $13,790;
  • Lake Shore Fire Department, $12,423;
  • Lake Shore Fire Department EMS, $7,202;
  • McKean Hose Company, $12,423;
  • McKean Hose Company EMS, $7,202;
  • West Lake Fire Department, $13,562; and
  • West Ridge Fire Department, $13,790.

Money from the program can be used to repair, build or renovate facilities, purchase new equipment, train and certify staff, or repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. The commonwealth awards $30 million in grants per year statewide.