Hilton-Parma Fire District recently received an Assistance for Firefighter Grant totaling $160,134 from U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“On behalf of the residents of the Hilton-Parma Fire District, we appreciate the federal government’s funding the upgrade of radio equipment,” said John Lemcke, fire commissioner. “This grant will assist in purchasing critical radio equipment, which in turn helps us better serve the public.”
Hilton-Parma Fire Department is a volunteer organization located in the town of Parma. This grant was awarded under the operation and safety section of the AFG program to fund projects such as professional training, wellness equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting and nonaffiliated emergency medical services operations and safety.
“Whenever called upon, the brave men and women of the Hilton-Parma Fire District put their lives at risk in order to serve and protect their community,” said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, R-25th Dist. “With this grant, the department will be able to purchase new equipment and continue operations to help ensure they’re ready when we need them the most.”
FEMA’s AFG program aims to improve the abilities of fire departments and EMS organizations to protect the health and safety of the public and first responders.
“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense for safety and security. It is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency.”
The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need.
“These federal funds will allow our first responders to purchase the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. “We need to do everything we can to protect our first responders when they risk their lives.”
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