SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $67,000 FIRE GRANT COMING TO PEMBROKE FIRE DISTRICT
Federal Funds Will Be Used For Firehouse Operations And Firefighter Safety Schumer: Our Firefighters Are Heroes, And Deserve The Best Support And Resources Available
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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a total of $67,640 to the Pembroke Fire District through the FY08 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Funding will be used to purchase 30 sets of turnout gear and a thermal imaging camera.
"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 the Pembroke Fire District with these funds will ensure that firefighters in Genesee County have the equipment necessary to perform their mission safely and efficiently. 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, AFG has provided a total of almost $2.75 billion to firstresponder organizations across the country to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.
The grant for the Pembroke Fire Department is part of round 46 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program announcements and will be used to purchase turnout gear and a thermal imaging camera for the Fire District.
The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is an important component of the Administration's larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and firerelated hazards. 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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