Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $195K in Fed Funding for Chester Fire Department in Orange County

Oct 8, 2015

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $194,715 in federal funding for the Chester Fire Department. This funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, the Chester Fire Department will use these federal funds to purchase 30 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) packs and 10 complete sets of protective turnout gear. Funds will also be used to train members to use this new equipment.

“It is critical that we provide our local fire departments with the most up-to-date equipment and training 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 gear they need to continue their important work of saving lives.”

“Our first responders are on the front lines, and this federal funding will allow the Chester Fire Department to invest in critical protective equipment to help first responders carry out their lifesaving work safely and more effectively,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our firefighters should have the most up-to-date equipment they need to stay safe when responding to emergencies.”

“The grant is very much appreciated,” said Jack Deschler, Vice-Chairman of the Chester Fire Department Board. “We are going to be using the funds to get new firefighting gear for our firemen. The remainder will be for new breathing apparatus to bring us up to date according to NFPA and OSHA. The fire district is 34 square miles and covers the Town of Chester and parts of the Towns of Goshen and Blooming Grove. We have 3 fire companies that comprise the Chester Fire Department: the Walton Engine & Hose Co.; the Sugar Loaf Engine Co.; and the Trout Brook Engine & Hose Co.”

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