2013-07-26 / Community

$’s For Volunteer Fire Departments


Matching grants of up to $1,000 are now available to Sandy hit volunteer fire departments throughout the area. Some, like the Broad Channel ‘Vollies’ lost most, if not all, of their equipment the night of the storm. Photo by Dan Guarino Matching grants of up to $1,000 are now available to Sandy hit volunteer fire departments throughout the area. Some, like the Broad Channel ‘Vollies’ lost most, if not all, of their equipment the night of the storm. Photo by Dan Guarino Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder announced recently that applications are now being accepted for the “Volunteer Fire Assistance” Grant Program distributed through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The grants will work to make funds readily available for the purchase of equipment and supplies for volunteer fire departments, some of which is still desperately needed after the hurricane.

“Volunteer firefighters were on the front lines in Breezy Point, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel during Sandy and while they were focused on saving others, their own departments and equipment were destroyed,” Goldfeder said.

“We must make sure that they are provided every resource to rebuild and allow them to continue their heroic work.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC.

If awarded, fire departments will receive 50/50 matching funds up to the amount of $1,000.

Last year, the program allocated $380,000, which provided grants to 386 fire departments. It is anticipated $360,000 will be allocated for 2013.

Expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding. These would include such items as portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hoses, light-weight fireproof clothing, hard hats, turnout gear, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants.

“I urge all eligible applicants to take advantage of the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program,” Goldfeder said.

“In the aftermath of Sandy we know that every dollar is important to get us back on our feet.”

Applications and/or more information about the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Program can be found by contacting the DEC at 518-402-8839 or by writing to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway 3rd Floor, Albany, NY, 12233-2560.

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