FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2006
Schumer Announces Four Capital Region Fire Departments Will Receive Over $287,000 In Federal Fire Grants
Schumer: Eleven Emergency Response Programs Across New York State will Receive Nearly $700,000 as Part of U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Grant Program
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Capital Region has received four federal grants totaling $287,643 from the FY06 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duanesburg Fire District #2 in Schenectady will receive a $32,158 grant; Coeymans Fire District in Albany County will receive a $86,750 grant; Westmere Fire District in Albany County will receive a $78,271 grant; and the North Bethlehem Fire Department/Elmwood Park Fire District in Albany County will receive a $90,464 grant. All four grants will be used to improve operations and safety. The grants are part of the third round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country.
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 its inception in 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has delivered over $122 million to New York's fire departments.
The Operations and Firefighter Safety Program funds will go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) 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.