U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $31,410 in federal funding for the Village of Fayetteville Fire Department in Onondaga County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to administer CPR training, and support the Department’s “Stop the Bleed” campaign, which aims to ensure that members of the public are trained to help administer treatment when someone is rapidly losing blood.
“It is vital that we provide our first responders with the tools they need to succeed,” said Senator Schumer. “With this new funding, the courageous firefighters of the Fayetteville Fire Department will be able to administer CPR training to the public, and support the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, which aims to train the public on how to help treat life-threating injuries. By doing so, this investment will ensure that both the public and the Fayetteville Fire Department are equipped to handle any emergency.”
“With this federal investment, the Fayetteville Fire Department will be able to help train members of their community to respond to life-threatening situations. This can make a huge difference for someone who needs immediate attention, and will help our first responders during emergencies,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I will always fight in the Senate to make sure our local fire departments have the support they need to keep our communities safe.”
“Our department has been extremely lucky and successful. We’ve secured over 1 million in funding since the beginning of the AFG program. It has helped us enhance our community and department,” said Paul Hildreth, Fayetteville Fire Chief.
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.fema.gov/firegrants.