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Town Fire Department Gets $215K Federal Grant

The Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department (TMFD) will be receiving $214,838 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase 20 Scott Air-Paks, equipment that protects firefighters from noxious fumes at a fire scene. Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced the grant on March 17. She then joined local officials and first responders at the Weaver Street Fire House on March 27 to honor the ten Westchester fire departments and ambulance corps that have received federal funds for equipment and training since June 2008.

TMFD was “ecstatic” that their proposal had been funded. It was one of the last grants made before the program ended for the year – and it was the largest in Westchester. TMFD Fire Chief Sean McCarthy noted that a grant committee “worked tirelessly” last year under leadership of the former chief, David Commender, to develop and submit the request for funding. Congresswoman Lowey and the Mamaroneck Town board members, supervisor and administrator “kept up a steady stream of support” for the proposal.

TMFD last purchased new Air-Paks in 1999. The department conducts annual maintenance on its equipment, but after 20 years, the gear should be retired. A kit includes an air tank, backpack and face piece. The department will also be using the federal funds for a new Cascade system to refill the air tanks and a fit test machine that helps insure air masks are properly adjusted for each firefighter every year. The Cascade system will replace an “extremely old” one now in use and will be shared with neighboring departments.

“First responders risk their own safety for the benefit of their community and neighbors,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “It is our responsibility to ensure they have the equipment and training to help them be successful and keep themselves safe when responding to emergencies. I will continue working to make sure they have the resources they need to serve our communities.”

Larchmont’s Fire Department has already received $28,500 for six Scott Air Paks under the same grant program. Fire Chief Rich Heine said he was “very pleased” with the grant and “the equipment is already in service.”

Congresswoman Lowey announced a total of $890,00 in grants for local first responders.

Federal Funds Awarded Since June 2008
Mamaroneck Town Fire Department
Irvington Fire Department
Pelham Manor Fire Department
Dobbs Ferry Fire Department
Port Chester/Rye/Rye Brook Volunteer Ambulance
Larchmont Fire Department
Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Thornwood Fire Department
Yonkers Fire Department
Village of Pelham Fire Department
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