McLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

McLAUGHLIN ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant applications are now being accepted

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) today announced that applications are being accepted through July 25 for federally-funded “Volunteer Fire Assistance” grants. The purpose of the grants is to help rural fire departments enhance their wildfire fighting capabilities.

“These grants are critical to our local fire departments as they work tirelessly to keep our communities and families safe,” said McLaughlin. “Over the past few years, we have seen far too many horrible natural disasters across our state; this grant funding will aid our local fire departments in being completely prepared should another disaster strike.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC. The grants would provide matching funds up to $1,000 for each department that is awarded the grant to help purchase essential equipment in the ongoing fight against fire. Last year, the program allocated $380,000 across 386 separate fire departments.

Eligible fire companies include those that serve a single town with a population under 10,000; those that serve multiple communities, one of which is a rural town of less than 10,000 residents; and fire companies in towns with a population of 10,000 or more that meet the requirements listed on the application.  All funded projects should be completed by October 31, 2013. 

For applications or further information about the grant program, contact DEC at (518) 402-8839, or write to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway 3rd Floor, Albany, NY, 12233-2560 or, visit the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2364.html.

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website. 

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