04.29.15

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $270K IN FED FUNDS FOR GREENBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Federal Funding For Greenburgh Police Department Will Be Used to Replace Outdated Life-Saving Equipment

 

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $277,273 for the Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit, located in Westchester County. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). These federal funds will allow the Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit to purchase seven new, state-of-the-art defibrillators. These defibrillators will replace outdated models and allow paramedics to monitor carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide levels. The funds will also be used to purchase four devices that perform mechanical chest compressions. These devices will increase the survival rates for patients in cardiac arrest.

“It is critical that we provide local first responders, like the Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit, with the funding they need to keep our citizens safe and do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense – it is crucial that we provide them with the cutting-edge equipment, like these defibrillators, that they need to do their important work and save lives.”

“We must ensure that our local first responders who protect our community have the most up-to-date equipment they need to help save lives,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit will use this funding to purchase critical, life-saving equipment that will help them provide medical assistance in emergency situations.”

“The Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Unit is very excited to receive word that we have been awarded $277,273 towards operations and safety.  This grant will allow us to replace our older cardiac monitors/defibrillators and provide funding for the purchase of new compression devices for patients in Cardiac Arrest which have shown improvement of survival rates up to 73%”, said Jared Rosenberg, Greenburgh Police Department Paramedic Supervisor.

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.firegrantsupport.com/.

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