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State funding for volunteer firefighters aims to address equipment, other issues

New York State has launched a $25 million funding initiative aimed at supporting volunteer fire departments across the state. Leaders across the state reinforced the urgent need for financial assistance as they seek new equipment and upgrades to facilities. This funding is particularly crucial for rural departments where outdated gear and cramped quarters hinder their ability to effectively respond to emergencies.


The state’s offer is divided into two categories: $20 million for facility improvements and $5 million for essential gear and equipment, addressing both immediate and infrastructural needs of volunteer firefighting teams.

This state initiative offers a lifeline to departments struggling to maintain operational readiness and safety standards. The initiative underscores New York’s attempt to ensure safety and efficiency of its volunteer firefighters. With the application deadline set for April 30, departments are hopeful for the opportunity to enhance their capabilities and continue serving their communities safely and effectively.

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