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Area Fire Departments Get Federal Grants For Much-Needed Upgrades

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Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday (September 11) announced just under $300K in federal funding on the way to five Central New York fire departments, including nearly $19K on its way to the Tully Joint Fire District.

That comes nearly two weeks after the senators announced more than $24K for the City of Auburn Fire Department and just under $170K for the City of Ithaca Fire Department on August 30, which was part of an overall $351K package for four departments in Central New York and the Finger Lakes.

The specific intention of each funding package is as follows:

  • Tully Joint Fire District will use an $18,912.38 grant to purchase new fire hoses and nozzles.
  • Auburn Fire Department will use a $24,418.18 grant to conduct live emergency training exercises for first responders.
  • Ithaca Fire Department will use a $169,730.oo grant to purchase an exhaust extraction system.

Funding arrives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need.

The continued funding comes as a new NFPA research report shows 43% of all U.S. fire stations are 40+ years old, with an estimated total cost of $70 to $100 billion to replace.

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