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Senator Gillibrand Calls For Increase in Federal Funding For Local Fire Departments

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand advocated her push for an increase in federal funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) for the fiscal year 2025 appropriations bill.


The AFGP provides funding for local fire departments to upgrade/update equipment and emergency vehicles and also address staffing shortages. According to Gillibrand’s Office, numerous fire departments throughout the state rely on outdated equipment and struggle with staffing shortages.

“Fire departments across our state are operating with outdated fire trucks and protective gear, and replacing it can cost millions of dollars that many of them just don’t have,”

said Senator Gillibrand.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program offers multiple types of grants, including Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), which help fire departments acquire new emergency vehicles, protective gear, and equipment, and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), which help fire departments hire and retain trained firefighters to meet industry minimum standards and ensure 24-hour staffing.

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