Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $63,580 in federal funding for the Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. in Great Neck. These federal dollars will be used by the Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co. to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
“This is a great investment for Great Neck,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will help improve the fire department’s ability to respond and keep families safe. I will continue working to ensure our first responders have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
“I would like to extend my appreciation to the Senator for supporting our grant request,” said Michael Green, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alert Engine Hook, Ladder, and Hose Co1. “The Senator’s support has made it possible for Alert Engine, Hook, Ladder and Hose Co1 to reach out in order to recruit volunteer members enabling our department to provide emergency fire and rescue services to the community for the future.”
The SAFER program, established by DHS, is a competitive grant program that is part of an effort to help fire departments across the country increase the number of firefighters in our communities, including re-hiring those that lost their jobs during the economic crisis. This program awards federal funding to fire departments to help them provide round-the-clock staffing to their communities from dangerous fire-related hazards.