Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced more than $3M in FEMA grants to support local fire departments in New York, including nearly $90k for the Tully Joint Fire District.
“From the peak of the pandemic to normal times, our brave firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities,” said Senator Schumer. “These courageous firefighters deserve all the federal support possible to help them do their jobs. I’ve fought my whole career to bring more federal resources to support our brave firefighters, and I’m proud to deliver this funding so New York’s fire departments have the resources and equipment to do their jobs and make it through the ensuing economic crisis.”
Funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).
The grants are meant to enhance departments’ response capabilities and help them more effectively protect the health and safety of the public, as localities face budget shortages and staff cuts – including in fire departments.
Auburn Fire Department in Cayuga County was also awarded just under $40k.
“Every day, first responders face dangerous conditions to protect our communities, and we must provide them with the resources needed to stay safe on the job during this health crisis,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to have fought for this critical funding in support of New York’s local fire departments. These federal dollars will help offset costs from the COVID-19 emergency and modernize equipment that will protect our firefighters’ health and safety as they do their jobs. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources that our firefighters need to save lives.”
A chart with the full AFG breakdown appears below:
|Organization Name||City||Funding Amount|
|Middleburgh, Village of||Middleburgh||$163,000.00|
|Troy, City of||Troy||$399,457.64|
|Watervliet, City of||Watervliet||$458,093.29|
|Greenville Fire District||Scarsdale||$82,599.31|
|Southwood Volunteer Fire Department Inc||Jamesville||$40,735.24|
|New Rochelle, City of||New Rochelle||$159,090.91|
|Hornell, City of||Hornell||$174,384.76|
|Coopers Plains-Longacres Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.||Coopers Plains||$120,000.00|
|Poughkeepsie, City of||Poughkeepsie||$33,181.82|
|Syracuse, City of||Syracuse||$488,195.45|
|Fulton, City of||Fulton||$26,505.71|
|Dewitt Fire District||Syracuse||$64,065.45|
|East Worcester Hose Co 1||East Worcester||$24,376.19|
|Watertown, City of||Watertown||$80,138.18|
|Lancaster, Village of||Lancaster||$255,171.43|
|Otter Lake Fire Company, Inc.||Forestport||$92,406.67|
|Oswego, City of||Oswego||$176,206.67|
|Fulton, City of||Fulton||$86,468.18|
|Worcester Hose Company, Inc.||Worcester||$76,190.48|
|Tully Joint Fire District||Tully||$89,516.19|
|Batavia, City of||Batavia||$68,880.95|
|Auburn, City of||Auburn||$38,781.82|