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Maffei Announces $38,095 Federal Grant for Oswego Town VFD

OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Today (March 6), Rep. Dan Maffei announced that the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $38,095 in Round 16 of the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The AFG grants are designed to help firefighters and other first responders enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and to obtain critically needed resources, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training to improve the capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

The Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department plans to use the funding to purchase new extrication equipment to help bring car accident other accident victims to safety faster.

“This funding will help keep Oswego Town volunteer firefighters safe and help them bring accident victims to safety faster,” said Rep. Maffei. “It is critical that the brave men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line every day to keep Oswego families safe have the equipment they need to most effectively do their jobs.  This important investment will help save lives and keep our community safe.”

Greg Herrmann, Fire Chief, Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department, said “We appreciate Rep. Maffei’s support for the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department, and his efforts to secure funds for critical investments that help the men and women who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our community.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) is part of a coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.

AFG awards grants directly to fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as first-responder personnel.