Harkins, Merski: Over $190,000 secured for Erie fire, EMS

Will fund necessary equipment upgrades

ERIE, Feb. 16 – Erie County fire and EMS departments are getting a boost thanks to a slew of grants administered by the Office of State Fire Commissioner, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today.

The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program will be utilized to upgrade necessary equipment for both fire and EMS services.

“Erie’s firefighters and paramedics, many of whom are volunteer, embody the spirit of selfless public service,” Harkins said. “They willingly dedicate their time to keeping our communities safe, and aiding them in reducing operational expenses is a good government initiative that everyone can support.”

“Our dedicated first responders risk their lives every day to protect our communities from fires, accidents, and other emergencies,” Merski said. “They deserve our gratitude and our assistance, and we thank the commonwealth for recognizing the vital role of our volunteer fire and EMS departments and for investing in their future."

Recipients in the 1st and 2nd Legislative Districts received a combined total of $191,794 in grant funding.

These recipients include:

Brookside Fire/EMS: $30,006.

City of Erie Fire Department: $16,951.

Emergycare, Inc.: $15,000.

Fairfield Hose Company VFD: $14,034.

Harborcreek Fire/EMS: $30,201.

Kul Hose Company Fire/EMS: $30,590.

Lawrence Park Fire/EMS: $23,061.

Perry Hi-Way Hose Co. Fire/EMS: $31,951.