Feb. 09, 2023

WATERFORD – State Rep. Jake Banta (R-Erie) announced today that 21 volunteer fire and ambulance companies throughout the 4th District have qualified to receive approximately $257,531 from a grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. 

“Our irreplaceable fire and ambulance companies face numerous challenges in protecting lives and property throughout our communities and we need to do all we can to support them,” said Banta. “They also must invest a large amount of their time raising funds to ensure they can continue their mission. That’s why I am grateful this flexible grant program exists so that our emergency responders can apply these funds to best meet their specific needs.”

Initiated by the PA General Assembly in 2000, this statewide grant program is open to all fire, ambulance and rescue companies across the Commonwealth. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue. 

Projects eligible for funding include recruitment and retention, construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:
Central Erie County Paramedic Association Inc, $10,000.
City of Corry Fire Department, $13,335.
Corry Regional Fire Company, $25,326.
Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.
Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $10,000.
Elgin Beaver Dam Hose Company, $12,598.
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, $12,106.
Fuller Hose Company No. 1, $13,580.
Greenville Township Volunteer Fire Company, $12,598.
Greenville Township Volunteer Fire Company EMS, $10,000.
Lake City Fire Company, $12,843.
Lake City Fire Company EMS, $10,000.
Platea Volunteer Fire Company Inc, $12,106.
Platea Volunteer Fire Company EMS, $10,000.
Stancliff Hose Company, $12,598.
Stancliff Hose Company EMS, $10,000.
Union City Volunteer Fire Department, $13,580.
Union City Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $10,000.
Wattsburg Hose Company, $11,861.
Wattsburg Hose Company EMS, $10,000.
West County Paramedic Association, $10,000.

To receive a grant award, organizations must first apply and then complete a grant agreement. More information about these grants and other financial support programs for the state’s fire and EMS companies is available at osfc.pa.gov.

The 4th Legislative District includes portions of Erie County and consists of the City of Corry; the townships of Amity, Concord, Franklin, Girard, Greenfield, LeBoeuf, McKean, North East, Union, Venango, Washington and Waterford; and the boroughs of Edinboro, Elgin, Girard, Lake City, McKean, Mill Village, North East, Platea, Union City, Waterford and Wattsburg.

Representative Jake Banta
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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