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Spring Valley Fire Department gets $280K in federal funds
The Spring Valley Fire Department was one of 12,000 applicants from across the U.S. selected to receive a hefty amount of funds from a competitive federal grant program, officials said Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program awarded $280,000 to the volunteer department in the Rockland County village of about 32,000 people.
“At a time when the senseless, across-the-board budget cuts are reducing funding for first responders and law enforcement, I am happy that the Department of Homeland Security is able to provide this critical support to our first responders in Spring Valley that will help make our community safer, ” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester).
Each agency looking for a grant was required to submit an application that was ranked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and then evaluated by a panel of emergency personnel.
The money can be used to purchase equipment and protective gear, as well as to pay for training, fitness programs, facility improvements, emergency vehicles, health and fire safety programs, and other resources.
About $337.5 million has been allocated for fiscal 2012 to give directly to first responder organizations, including fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical services, according to FEMA. Since 2001, more than $5.25 billion has been dispensed through the fund.