Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan has recently announced a significant funding initiative to support volunteer fire departments in New York State. A total of $25 million, allocated in the State Budget for 2023-24, will be available for departments to enhance their facilities and equipment. Additionally, $10 million will help cover the training costs for volunteer firefighters.
Gallahan emphasized the critical role of volunteer fire departments in responding to emergencies, highlighting the need for well-trained and equipped first responders. The funding aims to ensure that these departments can effectively handle fire emergencies in homes, vehicles, and public buildings.
The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will administer the capital grants program. This program focuses on upgrading fire stations and training facilities, ensuring safety and compliance with building codes. It also supports firefighter safety by providing personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination supplies, and exhaust removal systems. Moreover, it encourages the consolidation of fire services to improve local and statewide response capabilities.
Gallahan stressed the importance of continuing support for volunteer fire departments and first responders. He expressed his full backing for the funding initiative, underlining its crucial role in community safety.
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