May 24, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $80,000 For Levittown Fire District

Fire Department Applied For and Won Federal Grant to Recruit Much Needed First Responders

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $80,580 in federal funding for the Levittown Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Levittown Fire District 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 Levittown,” 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.”

“The Levittown Fire District plans on utilizing the FEMA SAFER grant funds to assist in recruiting new members into the Levittown Volunteer Fire Department, with an emphasis on residents willing to receive training as EMT’s,” Levittown Fire District Commissioner Joel Bearman said.

The SAFER program, established by DHS, 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.