Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey today announced $95,239 in federal funding for the Stony Point Ambulance Corps. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Stony Point Ambulance Corps will use the federal funding to purchase new Stryker Power-Load Model 6390 Cot Loaders and Fasteners to secure patients during emergency rescues in the course of treatment and transportation.
“Our first responders are local heroes and work tirelessly to keep our community safe and save countless lives,” said Senator Schumer. “That’s why it is so important to ensure that our Stony Point Ambulance Corp members have the necessary resources and equipment to effectively do their jobs. This federal funding will ensure that their ability to respond quickly and provide critical emergency medical care will only get better.”
“These federal funds will allow our first responders in Stony Point to purchase the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I pushed for this funding because we need to do everything we can to provide the necessary equipment for the men and women who serve our communities every day by responding to emergencies, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure that our first responders are given the support they deserve.”
“Supporting our local first responders makes our families and our community safer,” said Lowey. “I worked to secure these funds to ensure Stony Point Ambulance Corps can work quickly and effectively to protect Rockland County residents when tragedy strikes. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue working to increase federal investments in local emergency services so our first responders have the equipment and resources they need to save lives.”
“The Stony Point Ambulance Corp is very excited to receive this federal grant, and appreciates the help of US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey in securing this important funding,” said Alan Horowitz, Stony Point Ambulance Corps Director of Special Projects. “We have been trying to receive this funding for several years, and it’s a very competitive process so we appreciate the assistance of our elected officials. The funding will be used for stretcher loaders, which will make it much easier for us to get patients into our ambulances. It will help us better respond to emergencies by improving the safety of both our patients and our Ambulance Corps workers.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. Funding is allocated to strengthen emergency preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed. at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants .
Senator Gillibrand’s letter to FEMA included here.