PALERMO, NY – Rep. Dan Maffei announced today (April 10) that the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $90,801 grant in Round 21 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 grant will be used to update obsolete Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses.
“This funding will help safeguard the brave men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line every day to protect Palermo families,” said Maffei. “Palermo volunteer firefighters deserve to have the equipment they need to stay safe from harm and help save lives in our community.”
Andy Denery, Palermo fire chief, said, “We appreciate Rep. Maffei’s continued support for the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department and his efforts to help secure these critical investments that protect our firefighters and help them save lives in our community.”
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.