Grants Will Benefit Dutchess and Greene CountiesFunding Will Go to Fire Prevention and RecruitmentSchumer Has Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments and First Responders

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that two fire stations in the Hudson Valley will receive a total of $74,508 in federal fire grants. The Arlington Fire District will receive a grant of $64,508 from the Fire Prevention and Safety program and the Ashland Fire Department will receive a grant of $10,000 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. Both programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The funding will be used for fire prevention at the Arlington Fire District and recruitment at the Ashland Fire Department.


"This federal money will help Hudson Valley fire stations strengthen their emergency response teams and save lives," said Schumer. "It is critical that we continue to support our local heroes and give them the resources and personnel they need to protect our families. I will continue to support funding that better equips our first responders to fight fires and protect our communities."


The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant is part of Round 22 of the AFG Program and are intended to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER grants are administered to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and firerelated hazards. 


The Fire Prevention and Safety grant is part of Round 1 of the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety Program.


The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs are 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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