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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2009

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $70,000 IN FIRE GRANTS COMING TO TWO FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN WAYNE COUNTY


Grants Will Benefit Wallington Fire Department and Savannah Fire Company Inc.

Funding Will Be Used To Ensure Effective Operations and Safety in Wayne County

Schumer Has Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments and First Responders

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that a total of $68,590 in grants has been given to two fire departments in Wayne County through the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  $54,340 will be given to Wallington Fire Department and $14,250 will go to Savannah Fire Company. These types of grants are designed to strengthen the response programs of fire departments throughout the country. Funding for the fire departments will be used for operations and safety.

"It is critical that we continue to equip our emergency response units with the resources they need to keep our communities safe,” said Schumer. “Providing Wayne County fire departments with these funds will allow them to acquire the most up to date equipment to help them respond to emergencies quickly and effectively. I have consistently fought to support our fire departments through this grant program and I will continue to do so in the future.”

Schumer was among the first senators who recognized the need for the federal government to establish a funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. Since 2004, with the Fiscal Year 2008 awards, AFG has provided a total of almost $2.75 billion to first-responder organizations across the country to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.

The grants for $68,590 is part of round 39 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program announcements.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/.

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