January 26, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $130,000 Coming To East Patchogue For Firefighter Assistance

Funds Will Help Provide Much-Needed Emergency Response Equipment, Training

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $130,275 in funding for the Hagerman Fire Department in the city of East Patchogue. This funding is being allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Funding will be used by the Hagerman Fire Department to improve their ability to respond to fires and other hazards.

“This is a great investment for the East Patchogue community,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will help improve the fire department’s equipment, help local firefighters do their work 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.”

“The Hagerman Fire Department is proud to be awarded the recent AFG grant,” stated Hagerman Fire Commissioner, Randy Miller.  “The hard work and dedication by  the members of the Department who strive to be the best will be severely impacted now that we can provide the best possible personal protection breathing apparatus and ensure each member returns home to their loved ones.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, established by DHS and FEMA, is part of an effort to increase the nation’s emergency response preparation. This program provides federal funding to first responder organizations for the acquisition of personal protective equipment, firefighting vehicles, and emergency response equipment. These funds will also help provide emergency response training to firefighters.