Joined by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services providers at West Lake Fire Department, state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro today voiced his support for legislation that would exempt emergency responders from paying more than $47 in fees for state and federal background clearances.
Bizzarro discussed H.B. 1081, which would excuse volunteer and paid firefighters and EMS providers from paying the $10 state Department of Human Services child abuse clearance fee, in addition to the $10 Pennsylvania State Police criminal background clearance fee. It would also waive FBI clearance fees, totaling nearly $30, provided the emergency responders have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have clean records.
ERIE, Pa. — Erie police charged a 61-year-old man with arson in connection with a fire Tuesday afternoon at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
No one was injured and no serious damage was done, police said.
Police charged Steven Quigley, who they said was living in homeless shelters in Erie. He was arraigned and placed in the Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond.
Firefighters were called to the church at 130 E. Fourth St. for a fire at the church at about 2 p.m.
“There was a gentleman in the church that started a couple fires,” said Guy Santone, chief fire investigator for the Erie Bureau of Fire. “We had the police called in and got a good description off the (church’s video) cameras,” he said.
September 2, 2014- One person was rushed to the hospital following a one car crash in the city.
Just before 3 this morning, emergency crews were called to that accident at West 10th and Peach Streets.
When crews arrived on the scene, they found a car had crashed into a utility pole, and while the driver, a man, was able to get out of the wreckage, the passenger, a woman, in the vehicle was entrapped.
Erie police say the car was traveling East on West 10th when, for an unknown reason, the driver lost control and hit a fure hydrant and a utility pole.
After being freed from the wreckage, the passenger was rushed to UPMC Hamot for treatment, as was the driver.
A driver took an unexpected turn early Monday evening.
This was the scene after a car was driven into a creek at the bottom of the east avenue boat launch just after five o clock tonight.
Police say reckless driving caused the incident.
Two wreckers were able to pull the vehicle out. The car received some heavy front end damage.
The driver is being charged with careless driving and driving without a license.
No injuries were reported.
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August 25, 2014- Erie Firefighters battled a house fire at 643 East 9th street for a structure fire early this morning – the third at that house in less than a month.
Heavy smoke and flames were reported just before 4 a-m; the fire fighters had the fire out in only a few minutes.
Crews on the scene say that vacant house also caught fire last Thursday around 4a.m. and crews worked quickly to ensure the safety of neighboring homes and residents in that area.
Chief fire inspector Guy Santone is looking into the cause of the blaze.
August 22, 2014- Erie firefighters battled a blazze at 453 west 6th street early this morning.
According to Erie County 911, police were called to that house for a domestic dispute; that’s when they discovered the house was on fire.
Residents were trapped in the building at the time of the blaze, fire fighters were able to get the people out.
Reports from the scene indicate that seven adults and a baby were treated on scene, but five of those adults were transported to UPMC Hamot; the baby was not injured.
Three fire fighters were treated at the scene, but two of them ended up being transported, and a police officer was also rushed to UPMC Hamot for treatment of smoke inhalation.
August 21, 2014- Fire crews battled a house fire very early this morning.
That fire was reported at 643 East 9th Street just before 4a.m. The fire was put out very quickly.
Erie fire fighters knocked down flames on the outside of the house quickly and moved on to the second floor and attic.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire according to the Erie County 911 Center.
Fire Inspector Guy Santone is investigating the cause of the fire.
It’s believed that the fire started in the rear of the building.