SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $37K IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR VILLAGE OF MANCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ONTARIO COUNTY
Federal Funding Will Be Used to Purchase New Equipment
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $37,045 in federal funding for Village of Manchester Fire Department in Ontario County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funds will be used to update extraction tools, some of the tools Village of Manchester Fire Department currently use are over 40 years old. They will get a new spreader, a cutter that will effectively work on newer cars with high-strength steel reinforcement, and a telescoping ram that helps rescue victims trapped under a dashboard.
“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.”
“These federal funds will allow the Village of Manchester Fire Department to purchase the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs safely and respond to emergencies effectively,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Every day our first responders risk their lives to protect us, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure our local fire departments have the support they need to do their jobs.”
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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