Middlesex Fire Department ~

Middlesex, New York

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NOVEMBER 16th 2007  

MIDDLESEX FIRE DISTRICT RECEIVES $83,778 THROUGH FY 2007 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT AWARD FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

(Middlesex, NY) In the 15th round of funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $83,778 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program award to the Middlesex Fire District.

The grant award will be used to supply new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), a SCBA fill station and related equipment to firefighters. The SCBA protects firefighters from smoke in structural fires and provides a clean, safe, air supply in any immediately dangerous atmosphere. The Middlesex Fire District will be required to contribute 5% matching funds to receive the grant award.

The Middlesex Fire District provides fire protection and emergency medical first response services to the entire Town of Middlesex and a small part of the Town of Italy. The district consists of a one-quarter square mile hamlet, surrounded by 37 square miles of rural area with a population of 1,425 persons; it is located in Yates County in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Awards are not just for the asking, successful applicants spend many hours researching and writing their requests. DHS awards the grants on a competitive basis to the applicants that best address the AFG program’s priorities and provide the most compelling justification. Applicants whose requests best address the program’s priorities are reviewed by a panel composed of fire service personnel. Requests are awarded based on recommendations of the panel.

Nationally, the AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide approximately $492 million to roughly 4500 organizations. Due to the highly competitive nature of the AFG, approximately 22,731 applications nationwide were received from fire and non-affiliated EMS organizations totaling approximately $3.1 billion in grant requests, for Fiscal Year 2007.

Through the AFG program, the department awards grants to firefighters, emergency response personnel and first responders throughout the country to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public, with respect to fire and other hazards. The grants provide resources for local fire departments and emergency medical services programs to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the DHS Directorate for Preparedness through its Office of Grants and Training (G&T) in cooperation with the United States Fire Administration, also a division of the Preparedness Directorate.

For more information about the AFG Grant Program visit: http://www.firegrantsupport.com/afg

For a complete description of the program as published in the Federal Register visit:

http://www.firegrantsupport.com/docs/2007FedRegister.pdf

 

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