In the midst of COVID-19, nearly $6 million in federal funding will provide for essential personal protective equipment, training and supplies for Fire Departments across New York State.
The Montauk Fire District was awarded $106,371, while the Jamesport Fire District received $89,047. They were the only districts on the East End to receive funding.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $5.4 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant through its COVID-19 supplemental program.
Additionally, the Morrisville Fire District in upstate New York received $642,858 to purchase emergency rescue vehicles.
The fire districts are governing bodies overseeing the Fire Departments. The Montauk Fire Department responds to emergency medical service calls with its ambulances and personnel. The Jamesport Fire District contracts with Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for its EMS responses.
On Long Island, the Brookhaven Fire District received the most funding — $446,818 — followed by the Atlantic Steamer Fire Company number One in Oyster Bay, which received $214,761. The Village of Saltaire in Bay Shore received $101,428 for its Fire Department.
Also, Floral Park Centre Fire Company received $49,714. The Lido and Point Lookout Fire District was delegated $21,105.
“From the peak of the pandemic to normal times, our brave firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities,” Schumer said in a statement. “These courageous firefighters deserve all the federal support possible to help them do their jobs.”
“New York State’s brave essential workers have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As our communities reopen, we must ensure firefighters have the necessary PPE and equipment needed to respond to emergencies safely. I am proud to fight for New York’s firefighters and will continue working to ensure first responders are protected when they enter the line of duty.”