NEWBURGH – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced three federal investments totaling $297,806 to fire districts in Mahopac Falls, Chester, and New Hampton. The funds, issued by FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will allow the fire districts to acquire new protective equipment and technology for their staff.
“Firefighters stick their necks out to literally save lives every day – the least we can do is make sure they have the equipment they need to protect themselves. These investments will help us keep up our end of the deal while our firefighters are out there doing a dangerous job,” said Rep. Maloney.
The New Hampton Fire District will use the investment of $164,105 to update aging Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs), which provide firefighters with clean air as they respond to fire emergencies that often produce noxious chemicals.
“The Board of Fire Commissioners, Officers and Firefighters of the New Hampton Fire District are excited to partner with Representative Maloney in the announcement of this award. We try very hard to be responsible custodians of the taxpayer’s money. The purchase of new SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) with these funds will replace outdated equipment and take a huge burden off the taxpayers. This grant will help us keep fire protection taxes as low as possible, while continuing to train with and provide fire protection to the taxpayers and businesses of the New Hampton Fire District, with new and modern equipment,” said Terence Reynolds, Assistant Chief, New Hampton Fire District.
The Chester Fire District will use the investment of $52,272 to acquire a ventilation system to eliminate fumes, which are often trapped in the station as fire engines start up and respond to emergencies.
“This funding will help us get a new exhaust ventilation system to get rid of the fumes that come out of our trucks as they’re leaving the station. It’s an important safety feature that will help protect our firefighters’ lungs as they rush to fire emergencies,” said Brendan Medican Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners Chester Fire District.
The Mahopac Falls Fire District will use the investment of $81,429 to acquire 35 sets of turnout gear, helmets, and boots, which protect firefighters as they respond to emergencies.
“This is going to be a great asset for our fire department and we’re very excited. This funding will help us replace outdated gear and will be a big relief on our budget,” said Jeff Boyle, Chief of the Mahopac Falls Fire Department.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is 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 found at https://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.