Maffei Announces More Than $500,000 Federal Grant For Oswego Area Fire Departments

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) announced that the Cody, Granby Center, Minetto, City of Oswego, and Town of Oswego fire departments will all receive grants totaling $514,553 in Round 20 of the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 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 grants will be used to purchase 121 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses.

The new SCBA air packs will replace obsolete units which are more than 20 years old.

“This funding will help keep our local firefighters safe,” said Rep. Dan Maffei. “It is critical that the brave men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line every day to protect Oswego area families have the equipment they need to most effectively do their jobs and stay safe from harm. This important investment will help save lives and keep our community safe.”

Jeff McCrobie, Fire Chief, City of Oswego Fire Department said, “We are grateful for Rep. Maffei’s efforts to secure critical investments that help protect our firefighters and enable them to save lives, especially at a time when it is harder than ever obtain these important funds.”

Greg Herrmann, Fire Chief, Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department said, “We appreciate Rep. Maffei’s continued support for the Oswego Town Volunteer Fire Department. This grant will help safeguard the men and women who volunteer to protect our community.”

Chief Joe Smegelsky, Fire Chief, Minetto Fire Department said, “We are thankful for Rep. Maffei’s support and commitment to protecting local first responders. These important resources will help keep our brave men and women safe from harm.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program 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.