Matzie announces nearly $187,000 in fire, EMS grants

HARRISBURG, May 3 – Fourteen fire and EMS companies in the 16th Legislative District will receive $186,951 in grants, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

“Our firefighters and EMS professionals work tirelessly on the front lines to keep us safe, often while contending with tight budgets that stretch resources,” Matzie said. “These grants will help ensure they have the training, equipment and other essential resources they need to carry on their life-saving work.”

Matzie said the funding is as follows:

Allegheny County

Leetsdale Fire Department – $12,172

Beaver County

Aliquippa Bureau of Fire – $13,326
Ambridge Borough Fire Department – $12,007
Ambridge Volunteer Fire Department – $12,832
Baden Volunteer Fire Department – $14,646
Conway Volunteer Fire Department – $13,656
Economy Vol Ambulance Service – $7,155
Economy Volunteer Firemen’s Association – $14,151
Freedom Volunteer Fire Department – $11,512
Harmony Township Volunteer Firemen Inc. – $13,162
Hopewell Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,007
Monaca #4 Volunteer Fire Department – $12,172
Monaca No. 1 Volunteer Fire Department – $11,842
Rochester Fire Department – $26,311

The grants are provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities, and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance.