Matzie announces nearly $226,400 in fire, EMS grants

AMBRIDGE, Feb. 11 – Fire and EMS companies in the 16th Legislative District were awarded $226,390 in grant funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today.

Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said 14 fire and EMS companies are receiving grants from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

“First responders in our district have continued to answer the call even as the pandemic has interfered with fundraising, strained budgets and added new challenges to the job,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help companies replenish equipment, pay for training and building repairs, and address other needs to ease the burden a bit on these frontline heroes.”

Matzie said the following grants were awarded:

Ambridge Borough Fire Department – $14,997.

Ambridge Volunteer Fire Department – $15,000.

Baden Volunteer Fire Department – $15,000.

City of Aliquippa (Fire Company) – $15,000.

Conway Volunteer Fire Department – $15,000.

Economy Volunteer Firemens Association – $15,000.

Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire Protective Association Inc. – $15,000.

Harmony Township Volunteer Firemen Inc. – $15,000.

Hopewell Township Volunteer Fire Department – $15,000.

Leetsdale Fire Department – $15,000.

Monaca No. 1 Volunteer Fire Department – $11,980.

Monaca No. 5 Volunteer Fire Company – $11,142.

Monaca Volunteer Fire Department No. 4 – $14,946.

Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority – $8,325.

Rochester Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 – $30,000.

The grants were awarded under the OFC’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program and can be used for facility construction and renovation, purchase or repair of equipment, fuel purchases, member training and certification, public education, recruitment and retention, debt reduction, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are training, and supplementing pandemic-related expenses.

The full list of awardees is available at this link: