CHAZY — Chazy Volunteer Fire Department will buy new firehoses with $17,078 in federal funding.
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
“We are very pleased with the grant award,” Fire Chief Michael Cahoon said in a statement.
Older 4-inch hoses will be replaced with 5-inch lines for the department's two pumpers, he said.
"This upgrade will help to increase water flow rates at fire scenes.”
“Updating this crucial equipment will help and allow our local heroes to continue their important, life-saving work,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer said in the release announcing the award.
The funding will also enhance firefighting capabilities in surrounding communities, the release said, as the Chazy Fire Department participates in the Clinton County Mutual Aid System.
“The first responders at the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department put their lives on the line every day, and that is why it is important to make sure they have access to critical equipment,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement.
“This investment will help ensure the safety of the community, helping the department save more lives.
Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with its United States Fire Administration.
Funding is awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.
Learn more at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants.