January 26, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $50,000 Coming To Town Of Greenville 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 $48,640 in funding for the Greenville Fire District in the Town of Greenville. 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 Greenville Fire District to improve their ability to respond to fires and other hazards.

“This is a great investment for the Town of Greenville,” 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.”

“In these tough economic times, this funding really helps local taxpayers and it helps keep our firefighters safe. It is crucial to what we do for the community,” said William Butler, Greenville Fire District Chief.

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.