UTICA — A $500,000 federal grant has been secured for the Utica Fire Department to purchase a new fire truck, thanks to the efforts of U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The funding has been allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The $500,000 will help purchase a new pumper truck, to replace a 30-year-old pumper truck, officials said.
“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to stay safe on the job,” said Schumer, D-NY.
“Our first responders are our local heroes and our first line of defense for safety and security.”
The Grant is administered through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants that best fit the program’s priorities. Schumer wrote a letter to DHS to help the department receive the grant.
“Up-to-date equipment is critical for our local fire departments, and the new fire truck will help our first responders better respond to emergencies and remain safe as they protect our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand, D-NY. “We need to do everything we can to support our local fire departments, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure they are given the resources they need.”