Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced the Fairview Fire District is set to receive $158,948 in federal funding to replace outdated personal protective equipment, including updated SCBA breathing apparatus units. The money was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
"With this funding, Fairview’s first responders can focus on their important work knowing they have new, reliable breathing apparatus," said Senator Schumer. "This investment will help ensure that our local heroes can continue their life-saving work as effectively and safely as possible."
"We are thrilled to receive these federal funds to help us purchase much needed firefighting equipment for our personnel. The new equipment has much better safety features than our outdated equipment. We thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their support. We would not have been able to obtain this safety equipment without this funding from the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program," said Fairview Fire District Chief Christopher Maeder.
The Fairview Fire District provides fire protection and Emergency Medical Services for the northern section of the Town of Poughkeepsie and the southern portion of the Town of Hyde Park.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.