POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-18, has secured an investment of $165,024 as part of the competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This investment will be used to purchase new protective equipment, including new coats, pants, helmets, boots and gloves. The Poughkeepsie Fire Department's current equipment is near, or over, recommended service times and in need of replacement.
“Our local firefighters run into burning buildings and put their lives on the line to save others and they deserve our gratitude and our support,” said Maloney. “This federal investment is critical to ensure our heroes no longer have outdated equipment -- providing the new protective gear they need to keep themselves, our community and families safe from dangerous fires."
"The city of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is grateful for this AFG grant providing essential firefighting equipment to maintain the highest level of safety to our firefighters. Without the help of financial assistance like this we would not be able to provide this much-needed equipment for our firefighters," said Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Mark Johnson.
Earlier this year, Maloney secured federal funding to hire seven firefighters for two years. Last year, Rep. Maloney secured a similar award of $625,000 for the Poughkeepsie Police Department, which will be used to hire at least 5 additional officers. Working together with local, state and federal officials, Rep. Maloney has secured over $1.5 million for the City of Poughkeepsie to hire at least 12 individuals.
Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the United States Fire Administration, both of which are part of the Department of Homeland Security. 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 accessed at this link.
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