March 16, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $40,000 For West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1

Gillibrand Pushed For Funds, Which Will Provide Much-Needed Emergency Response Equipment

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $40,223 in federal funding for the West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1. These federal dollars will be used by the West Sand Lake Fire District for equipment vital to the firefighter’s safety. The funding is allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“This is a great investment for West Sand Lake,” 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.”

“On behalf of the officers, membership and board of fire commissioners of the West Sand Lake Fire District #1 I wish to acknowledge and thank Senator Gillibrand and the Department of Homeland Security for their continued support and concern for the safety and well being of my fire fighters,” said Daniel V. Hogle, Chief of Department, West Sand Lake District #1.

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. The funds will also help provide emergency response training to firefighters.