Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For Research And Development For Fire Prevention And Safety In New York City

Oct 14, 2020

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,068,883.81 in federal funding for the National Development Research Institute (NDRI-USA) in New York City to further their research and development on fire prevention and safety. This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  

“New York City’s firefighters have been on the front lines throughout this pandemic and long before, risking their lives to protect and support our communities,” said Senator Schumer. “These courageous first responders deserve all the federal support possible to help them do their jobs safely. I’ve fought my whole career for federal resources to support our heroic firefighters, and I’m proud to deliver this funding to research ways to protect our firefighters in the line of duty.”

“New York City’s firefighters put their lives at risk every day to protect our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will support critical research to help improve the health, wellness and safety of our firefighters so they can better protect themselves and the people they serve. I will continue advocating for our first responders to ensure they have the resources necessary to protect the public and do their jobs safely and efficiently.”   

NDRI-USA, Inc., located in New York City, received $1,068,883.81 for research and development to reduce fatal and nonfatal injuries and improve firefighter safety, health and wellness. 

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants provide critical funding needed to train emergency personnel and enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal of funding is to help local firefighters reduce injury and prevent deaths from fires.