Harkins announces over $30,000 in state grants to two fire companies, EMS provider

HARRISBURG, Feb.13 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, announced that two fire companies and one ambulance service in the 1st Legislative District are receiving $31,862 in state grants to aid their initiatives.

"The most important takeaway from the awarded funds is that the few and proud who go out of their way to protect our community are adequately funded to do so," Harkins said.

The City of Erie Fire Department was awarded $15,000. The Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department secured $11,727; its ambulance service was awarded $5,135.

Grants can be used toward the renovation or building of new facilities; purchasing equipment; training and certification of staff; and debt related to equipment purchases or building maintenance.

The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue.