Rep. Anthony Brindisi yesterday (September 24) announced just under $67K in federal dollars on the way to the Cincinnatus Volunteer Fire Department, part of another round of funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program.
The last round includes nearly $500K to four upstate New York fire departments, with the others being Forestport FD ($199,047.61), Morrisville FD ($124,000.00) and Prospect Terrace Fire Company ($100,380.95).
Cincinnatus VFD’s exact total is $66,761.90.
In September alone, this program has awarded nearly $400K in funding to the fire departments of Cincinnatus, the city of Cortland, Cortlandville, Tully, Auburn and Ithaca Fire Departments.
“Our brave firefighters know the risks, yet they put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” Brindisi said. “It is important they have access to the right equipment, gear, and training to keep them safe on the job.”
Earlier this year, Brindisi pushed the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund AFG programs at $405 million.
The Fiscal Year 2020 House Homeland Security Appropriations bill included a $50 million increase in firefighter grants over Fiscal Year 2019.
AFG is a distributed in cooperation with FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration.