NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The North Tonawanda Fire Department will receive over $250,000 in federal funding through the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
The funding will allow the station to obtain 50 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units.
The SCBA units the department is using currently are three generations old and will expire in August, a press release from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office said Wednesday. The press release was announcing the funding in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office.
“This critical grant funding allows the fire department to obtain the equipment necessary to maintain compliance without any cost to the City of North Tonawanda or its taxpayers,” the press release stated. “Had the service life for the current units expired, the City of North Tonawanda would’ve had to shoulder the cost to maintain fire operations.”
“Anytime we can get a quarter of a million dollars, it’s a big deal,” said North Tonawanda Firefighter Rob Orlowski. “This money is going to help us get new SCBA units on our firefighters and make sure they’re safe from harm. Our first priority is protecting the public and this money enables us to do just that.”
More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants.