US Senator Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $2.6 million in federal funding for firefighters in upstate New York, including $44,661 for the city of Dunkirk.
Funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Firefighter Assistance Grant Program. The senators said the funding will be used to purchase essential equipment, improve training and provide firefighters with the support they need to protect New Yorkers and themselves.
“From the height of the pandemic to fighting a fire, our brave firefighters in Upstate New York are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities. It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.” said Schumer. “That’s why I’m proud to deliver this federal boost of more than $2.6 million, from a program I helped establish, for our brave upstate heroes to give them the equipment and training they need to stay safe and be prepared for any emergency.”
“New York’s brave firefighters risk their lives to protect us,” said Gillibrand. “We owe it to them to ensure they have the very best safety equipment and extensive training they need to respond to emergencies. I am proud to provide nearly $2 million in federal funding for our first responders and will continue to fight to ensure fire departments from Dunkirk to Potsdam to Arlington receive the support and resources they need to do their jobs safely and do it effectively.”