UTICA – The Utica Fire Department will receive more than $15,000 in grant money from the Department of Homeland Security for operations and safety.
The funding comes from the department’s Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.
AFG and SAFER grants are used to train firefighters as well as purchase vehicles, protective gear and equipment.
“Our firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day,” Congressman Anthony Brindisi. “We need to make sure they have the gear, manpower, and resources they need to keep our communities safe. This $1 million will go a long way to help protect our Upstate communities and the courageous men and women who serve in our fire departments.”
The grants, totaling $1.1 million, were distributed as follows:
- City of Binghamton: $417,484.54
- Village of Endicott: $304,920.70
- McDonough Fire Department, Chenango: $40,510.47
- Cortlandville Fire Department, Cortland: $85,159.09
- Smithfield Eaton Volunteer Ambulance Company: $33,812.38
- Village of Endicott Ops & Safety: $26,190.47
- City of Utica Ops & Safety: $15,781.81
- Caughdenoy VFD: $159,428.57
- Woodgate VFD: $64,761.90
Earlier this year, Brindisi pushed the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund these grant programs at $405 million for each. The Fiscal Year 2020 House Homeland Security Appropriations bill included a $50 million increase in firefighter grants over Fiscal Year 2019.