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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2010


Goal Is to Enhance First Responder's Ability to Protect the Heath And Safety of the Public In Nassau and Suffolk County

Schumer Says Federal Grant Will Help Patchogue Fire District and Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc Pay for Improvements During Difficult Fiscal Times

Schumer Has Successfully Pushed for Additional Funding for Assistance to Fire Departments and First Responders Across Long Island

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Patchogue Fire District in Suffolk County and the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc in Nassau County have received  federal grants totaling $275,549 as part of Round 4 of the FY09 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Patchogue Fire District has been awarded $196,845 while the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc has been awarded $78,704.  The funding will be used to improve operations and safety at the fire district so they are better prepared for emergencies.

“These essential grants ensure that the Patchogue Fire District and the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. will continue to have the basic resources required to do their jobs, improve safety and save lives,” said Schumer. “First responders across Long Island have been hurting from budget cuts while firefighters deal with the everyday stress of their work. These funds are truly a life saving investment that will provide our local first responders with indispensable resources and support, so they can be better prepared for emergencies.”


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. The Operations and Firefighter Safety Program funds can go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.


The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to 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.

Schumer added: “We can never truly repay our first responders for their heroic efforts and dedication to duty. But we can make certain that they have the training and resources they need to do their job and do their job well. This federal money will ensure that the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us get the resources they need to keep themselves and our communities safe.”


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.


Schumer wrote a letter of support for the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. to receive a grant under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.


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