U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Monday, Jan. 25, that $306,624.52 in federal funding will be administered to twelve counties across New York to support COVID-19 emergency response preparedness measures.
This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) second round of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S 2) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. This funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to purchase essential PPE and equipment for firefighters responding to the COVID-19 outbreak across New York.
“New York’s firefighters and first responders continue working around the clock to keep our communities safe during this public health crisis,” Gillibrand said in the press release announcing the funding. “The ongoing pandemic has left local and state governments with limited resources - this critical federal funding will ensure our firefighters are protected on the frontlines and fire stations can maintain clean facilities in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. I will continue to push for emergency funding to keep our fire departments and firefighters safe as they enter the line of duty.”
Village of Woodbury fire fighters will receive $2,308.11 in such funds. It was the only municipality in Orange County to be award the money.