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Pound Ridge Fire Department Receives $90,000 Grant

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department is slated to receive a federal grant of $90,440 to help it purchase critically needed equipment.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced Wednesday that Pound Ridge was awarded a grant in Round nine of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. He said the AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain items such as protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources they need to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will use the funding to replace soon- to-expire air packs for rescue operations.

“This investment will be a big help to the Pound Ridge Volunteer Fire Department,” Schumer said. “These funds will guarantee that our local first responders have the proper equipment that allows them to save lives."

Pound Ridge Fire Chief Steve Eidman said he was thrilled the department would be getting the money.

“This is great,” he said. “It is really tremendous news for us.”

Eidman said the money would enable the department replace about half of its air pack inventory.

“It was sorely needed,” said. “Some [air packs] are pretty old. Our need couldn’t keep up with our local budget.”

Eidman said he wasn’t sure when the money would arrive, but said it should be soon because grant administrators have already requested direct deposit information from the department.

According to Schumer, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides funding to local fire departments to help improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations such as terrorist attacks, enhancement of emergency medical services programs, development of health and safety initiatives, establishment of fire education and prevention programs, creation of wellness and fitness programs and equipment and facility upgrades.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need, Schumer said.

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