Merski: Erie fire, rescue services to receive more than $41,000 in state grants

ERIE, May 6 – Erie fire and EMS services are receiving $41,623 in grants, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today.

“Erie’s firefighters and emergency medical workers answer the call tirelessly, despite tight budgets that can limit resources,” Merski said. “It’s my hope that these grants will ease some of those financial challenges and provide needed equipment, training and other resources that reinforce these essential front-line workers.”

Merski said the grants – provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program – are as follows:

  • Belle Valley Fire Department Inc. – fire company – $12,502.
  • EmergyCare Inc. – EMS – $7,155.
  • Perry Hi-Way Hose Company – fire company – $14,811.
  • Perry Hi-Way Hose Company – EMS – $7,155.

The state Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program 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.