U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,762 in federal funding for the City of Lackawanna Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Lackawanna Fire Dept. will use these federal funds to purchase a new electronic respirator fit testing system. This machine allows the fire department to instantly check whether or not a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) properly fits the firefighter that is wearing it. The mask must have a seal to the face, and this machine allows them to test if the seal is secure or if the mask isn’t the right fit, thereby endangering the firefighter. The Lackawanna Fire Dept. will also use this funding to purchase a new commercial washer and commercial gear dryer for their turnout gear. The dryer must be a specific type that allows for the flame retardant material to remain intact on the gear.
“It is critical that we provide our local fire departments with the most up-to-date equipment they need to keep our citizens safe and do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense – it is crucial we provide them with the resources and cutting-edge systems they need to continue their important work of saving lives.”
“Our first responders are on the frontlines during emergencies and this federal funding would allow the Lackawanna Fire Department to invest in critical protective equipment for first responders to carry out their lifesaving work more effectively in the community,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our firefighters should have the most up-to-date equipment when they respond to emergencies.”
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. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/.