FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2007
Schumer Announces Three Hudson Valley Fire Departments Will Receive Nearly $240,000 In Federal Fire Grants
Schumer: Twenty-Two Emergency Response Programs Across New York State Will Receive Nearly $2 Million As Part Of U.S. Department Of Homeland Security's Fire Grant Program
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that three fire departments in the Hudson Valley Region will receive federal grants totaling $237,951 from the 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Hopewell Hose Company #1, Inc. in Dutchess County will receive a $62,510 grant, the New Rochelle Fire Department in Westchester County will receive a $112,000 grant and the North Castle South Fire District #1 in Westchester County will receive a $63,441 grant. Each grant will be used to improve operations and safety. The grants are part of the twentieth round of DHS FY06 AFG program awards to several fire departments throughout the country.
"This funding will go a long way in supporting the first responders in the Hudson Valley," said Schumer. "Our nation's firefighters are truly America's heroes. Whether fighting a building fire or responding to a terrorist attack, it is essential that we help them to do their jobs safely and efficiently. One of the key ways to do this is to make sure that they have enough firefighters on duty to handle the job and to ensure that they have the training, equipment and resources they need to do their job well. This federal money will help make sure that firefighters in Dutchess and Westchester Counties get the resources they need and have enough people on hand to keep our communities safe."
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.
For Fiscal Year 2008, Congress has authorized $1 billion for the program, $700 million more than the $300 million included in the Administration's budget proposal. The FY07 DHS Appropriations bill, signed into law by the President, appropriated $662 million for firefighter assistance grants, of which $115 million will go toward SAFER Act grants.