The Tarrytown Fire Department will get a federal boost to help their training initiatives.
Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced the White Plains Fire Bureau and Tarrytown Fire Department will receive federal grants for equipment and training.
“First responders serve their communities by responding to emergencies and helping those in need of assistance,” said Congresswoman Lowey, who is a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
“It is our responsibility to ensure they have the equipment and training they need to help keep us – and themselves – safe. I am pleased the Department of Homeland Security is addressing these needs in White Plains and Tarrytown.”
According to Lowey's press spokesperson, Matt Dennis, the Tarrytown Fire Department will receive $413,811 in funds.
Lowey also announced a payment to the White Plains Fire Bureau will use the funding to purchase thermal imaging cameras for use while battling blazes. The cameras allow firefighters to find victims and reconnect with each other if they become separated in a smoke-filled environment.
In a released statement, Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell thanked Lowey for helping secure the grant, and the work of Fire Chief Pete Saracelli, grant-writer Martin Schneider and Village Administrator Michael Blau, for their work advocating for the grant.
“On behalf of the Village of Tarrytown, I wish to thank Congresswoman Lowey for her assistance in securing this support for our hard-working volunteer fire department," Fixell said. "In times like these, when local governments are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain and enhance essential, life-protecting services such as these, it’s impossible to overstate how important this grant is to our department and our community. Its impact will be felt throughout the department, allowing us to upgrade a wide-range of mission-critical equipment, as well as to enhance training."
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Grants and Training in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration, awards grants directly to fire departments and EMS agencies. Funds may be used to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, emergency medical service programs, fire prevention and safety programs, and to purchase new fire equipment.