Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-18) today announced that the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department will receive $56,505 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect the safety of firefighters responding to emergencies.
“First responders serve their communities by responding to emergencies and helping those in need of assistance,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “It is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep our firefighters safe and healthy on the job. I am pleased the Department of Homeland Security is addressing this need in the Town of Mamaroneck.”
The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department will use the $56,505 grant to purchase personal escape systems, which allow firefighters trapped in life-threatening situations to quickly repel out a window to safety.
“This federal investment will help keep our firefighters safe and help us to protect the public even more effectively,” said Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department Chief Sean J. McCarthy.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Grants and Training in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration, awards grants directly to fire departments and EMS agencies. Funds may be used to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, emergency medical service programs, fire prevention and safety programs, and to purchase new fire equipment.