Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that the Hinsdale Fire Department will receive $31,626 in federal grants in Round 19 of the FY12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Hinsdale Fire Department will use this funding to replace about 10,000 feet worth of hose on their trucks and also replace the nozzles.
"With this funding, Hinsdale fire fighters can focus on their important work, knowing they have new and reliable equipment," said Senator Schumer. "This investment for new fire truck hose and nozzles, some of which dated from the 70's, will help ensure that our local heroes can continue their life-saving work and will enable them to respond as effectively and safely as possible."
"This is an important investment for the Hinsdale Fire Department," said Senator Gillibrand. "It's our responsibility to ensure our first responders have the most up-to-date equipment to serve our communities. The nozzles and hose will help the Hillsdale Fire Department upgrade their emergency response vehicles so that their firefighters can respond to emergencies in the community more efficiently and effectively, and help save more lives."
Schumer was an original sponsor of the legislation that led to the creation of this funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funds can go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.