Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced on May 22 that the Munnsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $30,210 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This money will be used to replace 20-year old turnout gear including boots, pants, coats and helmets that are currently being used by the department. Using the money, the volunteer department should be able to purchase 12 full sets of gear.
The AFG is administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that demonstrate financial need and accurately address the program’s priorities.
“This funding is a real boost for our department,” said Todd Collins, Chief, Munnsville Fire Department in a release today. “Without funding from programs like AFG, it would be very difficult if not impossible for smaller communities and fire districts such as ours to provide the necessary gear and equipment to keep up with ever changing standards and requirements without putting an overwhelming burden on all of the local taxpayers who are already struggling to make ends meet.”
“The Munnsville Fire Department is staple in the community,” Gillibrand said in a release. “This investment will ensure that when our firefighters go into harm’s way, they have the right equipment to protect themselves while protecting our neighborhoods.”