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Fire departments across Finger Lakes, Central New York will collect millions in federal aid for equipment and training

Thanks to significant federal funding a number of local fire departments will benefit.

According to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will result in millions coming to the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier collectively.

The funding will help purchase equipment and provide training.


“From the peak of the pandemic to battling a blaze, our brave Upstate New York firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities. It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Schumer. “That is why I am proud to deliver this over $6 million federal boost, from a program I helped create, for our courageous Upstate heroes to give them the equipment and training they need to stay safe and be prepared to take on any emergency.”

“New York’s brave firefighters put their lives at risk to keep us safe,” added Senator Gillibrand. “We owe it to them to ensure that they have the top-of-the-line safety equipment and comprehensive training they need to respond to emergencies. I’m proud to be delivering more than $6 million in federal funding for our first responders and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that New York’s fire departments have the support and resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.”

Here’s how the funding breaks down

Central New York

OrganizationGrant Funding
City of Auburn$219,122.72
City of Syracuse$107,600.00
City of Cortland$364,721.90
City of Fulton$48,571.42
Redfield Volunteer Fire Company Inc$73,333.33
City of Oneida$42,857.14
Throop Fire Department$40,967.61

Finger Lakes

OrganizationGrant Funding
Benton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.$23,809.52
Laurelton Fire District$80,952.38
South Macedon Fire And Rescue, Inc.$84,142.85
Livonia Fire Department$195,333.33
Saint Paul Boulevard Fire District$290,972.72
Village of Penn Yan$63,041.90

Southern Tier

OrganizationGrant Funding
City of Norwich$150,975.23
Fremont Volunteer Fire Department #1, Inc.$25,714.28
Brooktondale Fire District$42,952.38
Village of Johnson City$11,857.14
Village of Smyrna$55,238.09
Genegantslet Fire Co Inc$35,428.57
Village of Richfield Springs$92,676.19


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