SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $14,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR OSWEGO TOWN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY
Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced $14,429 in federal funding for Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department in Oswego County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to purchase new turnout gear washer and dryer.
“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense for safety and security—it is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency.”
“With the addition of these two units our fire district will be able to better protect our volunteer firefighters. Firefighter cancer rates are all over the news lately and properly cleaning the turnout gear is an important step to keep our members safe. We are very appreciative of the FEMA AFG program as it enables us to purchase much-needed equipment for our volunteers without having to increase the taxes our local residents have to pay,” Greg Herrmann, 1st Assistant Fire Chief.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency 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.fema.gov/firegrants.
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