A local fire department is slated to receive close to $100,000 in federal funds to purchase equipment.
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the $97,537 grants on Friday. The funding comes from the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
According to a media release from the senators, the Delhi Fire Department will use the federal funds to purchase new hoses and nozzles, as well as thermal imaging cameras. The new hoses and nozzles will help the department meet safety standards. They will also lower the department’s ongoing maintenance and repair costs.
Delhi Fire Chief Daren Evans hailed the grant, saying, “Without these federal funds, our local taxpayers would not be able to cover the cost of this much needed equipment. The new equipment will make our department more readily prepared, and will also lower our fire department’s maintenance and repair costs.”
Gillibrand said the equipment will help Delhi firefighters “respond to emergencies in the community more efficiently and effectively, and help save more lives.”
The AFG Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.
AFG grants are awarded on a competitive basis. For more information, visit http://www.firegrantsupport.com.