Lynbrook Fire Department has been awarded $164,660 in federal grant funding, thanks to the efforts of U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04). The funding will allow the LFD training and to purchase 75 new complete sets of personal protective equipment, it was announced last week.
The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which provides grants directly to fire departments for projects that enhance public health and safety as well as the health and safety of emergency response personnel.
The Lynbrook Fire Department will use the funding to provide training and purchase 75 complete sets of personal protective equipment, including helmets, boots, gloves, hoods, pants and coats. The grant application was prepared by the Mineola-based company Grant Guys.
“This grant is a tremendous benefit to both the Department and the people of the Village we serve,” said Lynbrook Fire Department Chief James McDermott. “It allows us to provide our volunteers with state of the art firefighting gear, as they endeavor to protect the lives and property of our residents. We are grateful to Congresswoman Rice, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their assistance in securing these much needed funds.”
“This much-needed federal funding will provide the assistance that the Lynbrook Fire Department needs to purchase protective firefighting equipment,” said Schumer. “First responders are our primary line of defense — they safeguard our residents and protect our property. It’s crucial that we provide our fire departments with the resources they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.”
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